Go look up the terms vassal country and flunky before shooting off your mouth. You have no idea what you're talking about. You think the money the U.S. gives Israel is really just because we "like" them? Most of it ends up in New York in the form of deals and by other means, or it is our way of extracting policy concessions from them. The Syrians are as much a beggar country as any other of the states begging for Russian or Chinese assistance.
Nigeria says troops destroy extremist camp, rescue 178 people (AP)
from the article: Report: Russia signs arms deal with Syria