Why Does Russia Love Syria?

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Russia has consistently voted against sanctions on Syria, showcasing its support for an old friend. So why does Russia love Syria?

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Intelligence Report: Soviet Military Aid to the United Arab Republic, 1955-66
http://www.foia.cia.gov/sites/default/files/document_conversions/89801/DOC_0000496350.pdf
“Since the Western monopoly of arms supply to the Middle East ended in 1955, the USSR has extended to the United Arab Republic (UAR) military equipment worth $1.16 billion at Soviet list prices – more than 60 percent of it as grants and the remainder on easy credit terms.”

Who Are Syria’s Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad?
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2013/08/28/216385513/who-are-syrias-friends-and-why-are-they-supporting-assad
“While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it’s hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.”

Friction at the U.N. as Russia and China Veto Another Resolution on Syria Sanctions
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/world/middleeast/russia-and-china-veto-un-sanctions-against-syria.html?_r=0
“Diplomatic efforts at the United Nations Security Council to address the Syria crisis suffered a potentially fatal blow on Thursday when Russia and China vetoed a British-sponsored resolution that would have punished the Syrian government with economic sanctions for failing to carry out a peace plan.”

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