Photo Gallery: Border Disputes
10/11/2012
Syrian leader Bashar Assad (right) can be seen here at a meeting with Russian...
AFP

Syrian leader Bashar Assad (right) can be seen here at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Damascus in February. Russia is Syria's closest ally. Together with China, Russia has used its veto power on the United Nations Security Council to stop resolutions against Syria on a number of occasions.