The latest news that Russia is to continue selling arms to the Assad government, which is slaughtering thousands of its own people, is ample evidence of the treacherous and reactionary nature of the new Russia under Putin.
I am at a loss to understand how you could be praising the Russian and Chinese leaderships, as you did in your editorial Case of Wilful Deception (M Star March 2), for vetoing any kind of international action against Assad and his military who are committing war crimes against the heroic resistance and innocent civilians.
To try to cast doubt on the overwhelming evidence of butchery and torture on an industrial scale, as shown in a recent Channel 4 documentary, is simply a case of wilful denial and a betrayal of the thousands who have risen up against this oppressive fascistic regime, many of whom have paid with their lives and continue to do so.
We can point to the hypocrisy of people like David Cameron but that does not mean that we should become apologists for Assad and his murderous henchmen.
Russia today is not the Soviet Union and China is no longer a revolutionary socialist state.
Why didn't they use the veto to prevent the imperialist intervention in Libya, which would have been justified?