The Russian Union of Writers has conveyed its sympathy with the embattled Syrian president by honouring Bashar al-Assad for "his contribution to resistance against global hegemony" as they put it.
“We give this award to President Al-Assad for his steadfastness in resisting the Western hegemony and the attempts to impose their dictations on the Syrian People," the Syrian news agency quotes the chairman of the Union, writer and historian Valery Ganchev, as stating.
Ganichev underlined that Syria is a great example of an Islamic state where a range of confessions, ethnic groups and opinions co-exist in harmony.
"We wish success to President Al-Assad in solving the current crisis and we believe in this success," Ganchev added.
The Syrian ambassador to Russia, Riad Haddad, expressed gratitude to the Russian people on behalf of his state for their support for the Syrian people.
Russia has been urging dialogue rather than foreign intervention in Syria, where the UN estimates more than 5,000 people have died in unrest, most of them victims of a bloody crackdown led by Assad’s regime.