The Soviet union armed and backed Egypt and Syria throughout the cold war, trained their officers, even flew their fighter jets during Yom Kippur war, backed the PLO and helped fiance terrorism against Israel so what has changed? We are somehow surprised? Russia arms Iran with SAMs, North Korea, and many other rogue nations in the world. This is in character for Russia.
Policeman killed by blast in Bahrain village, interior ministry (Reuters)
from the article: Russia rebuffs Israeli rebuke over open relations with Hamas