Turkish people hold signs reading '' 'Tyrant China, tyrant Assad,' and 'Tyrant China, get out of Syria!' as they protest against China's policies on Syria and its support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara, on February 16, 2013. China has backed Russia in supporting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, vetoing UN Security Council resolutions that would have put greater pressure on his regime. Beijing has also repeatedly urged dialogue to end the violence. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN
Syrian President Bashar Assad (R) receives Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) May 10, 2010 in Damascus, Syria. Medvedev is on a two-day state visit and will hold talks focusing on the bilateral relationship between Syria and Russia, amongst other matters.
Princess Letizia of Spain, King Juan Carlos of Spain, Syrian Arab Republic President Bashar al-Assad, his wife Asma al-Assad, Queen Sofia of Spain and Prince Felipe of Spain pose for photographers at Zarzuela Palace on July 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.