Syrian President Assad denies that Russian Federation is making decisions for him

Lester Mason
June 12, 2018

In the interview, Assad also said he expects the war in his country to be over in "less than a year" and re-stated his aim to take back "every inch" of Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin understands that Israel enters Syria, "so, how would any country faced with an enemy that wants to destroy it", said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Israeli air strikes on Iranian military targets on Syrian territory.

In an interview with British newspaper The Mail on Sunday, carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA, Mr. Assad was responding to a question about whether Moscow now controls Syria's diplomatic and military moves.

Asked whether he agreed with Russian Federation that Britain was "helping stage the attack that took place in Douma" through the White Helmets' organisation, Al-Assad said: "To be completely frank and stark, Britain and France are political satellites to the US".

"We are fighting the terrorists", Assad said, arguing that the armed groups are "supported by the British government, the French government and the American [government]" as well as their "puppets in our region".

Assad tells the Mail on Sunday that Western nations have lied about chemical attacks in Syria and supported terrorist groups there, while Russian Federation has supported his government against the foreign "invasion".

The prime minister said that even though Iran's departure from Syria is going to be a "long process, I believe that if you set a goal, if you know where you are going, you have a greater chance of getting there".

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that's (a) contradiction", he said.

Also Dia Hariri, an anti-regime activist from Daraa, stressed that Hezbollah and Iran have for years worked to establish themselves in the Syrian south, saying: "I do not think that Iran is ready to leave without a war after all these efforts within Syria". At the same time, when asked about his time in London as a medical student, he admitted there were things he missed about the city. "The whole approach toward Syria in the West is, 'we have to change this government; we have to demonise this President, because they don't suit our policies anymore.'" he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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