A Syrian government envoy praised China and Russia on their stance towards the 17-month conflict that has killed more than 18,000 people.
In an interview with the state-run China Daily Bouthaina Shaaban said she was happy to give officials a "real picture" of the crisis in the country. She said:
"We're happy to see countries like China and Russia, who are not colonizers or deal with people as colonisers [...] a very different stance from the West."
An air strike by a Syrian plane in the northern rebel-held town of Azaz killed 30 people and wounded scores of others, a local doctor said.
The UN Special Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan has admitted he is "frustrated and impatient" over the continued violence and killing in Syria.
So after weeks of insisting his peace mission is the only game in town, it might be that Kofi Annan is preparing to pack up and leave.