During the cold war Russia and the USA were always on opposite sides of every issue. With the dismantling of the USSR Russia went into a diplomatic hibernation. Due to the huge demand for oil and other commodities the Russian bear came out of its hibernation but still did not learn from past mistakes. It is one thing to back another country but when the people of that country clearly show their need for help from a maniacal violent leader like Assad , Russia is surely showing disdain for those people.
Australian police arrest 5 over shooting 'linked to terrorism' (Reuters)