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Text of report by Qatari government-funded aljazeera.net website on 31 August
[Article by Muhammad Khadir in Damascus: "Syria's Stand on Caucasus Crisis Paves Way for Alliance With Russia"]
Syria's position on the new crisis in the Caucasus between Georgia and Russia and the announcement of President Bashar al-Assad during his visit to Moscow this month that his country stands by Russia have raised questions on the strength of the relationship between the two countries and the future of this relationship.
In an interview with the Russian newspaper Gazetta, President Al-Asad said: "We are aware of the extensive Israeli influence in Georgia. The close relations between the United States and Israel are no secret. We want Russia to realize very clearly the role that Israel has …