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Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him

12 June 2018

Speaking to British newspaper Mail Online in a partially filmed interview published by Syrian state media on Sunday, Assad voiced his view that the war in Syria will come to an end in "less than a year".

"We've had good relations with Russian Federation for more than six decades now, almost seven decades".

Syria, a country that advocates the achievement of a definitive peace through dialogue between the parties involved in the conflict, has been mired in a bloody war since March 2011, when terrorist groups, supported by Western countries, are confronting government troops.

He also claimed that such interventions had slowed down a resolution to the situation in rebel-held areas of southwestern Syria.

"I concentrated on the Iranian aggression in our region, on the latest developments in our region and - first and foremost - on Iran's efforts to establish a military presence in Syria", Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Netanyahu has long warned that he will not allow Iran to solidify itself in Syria, arguing that such a scenario is a threat to Israel's national security.

It is suspected of carrying out numerous raids on Syrian government positions over the years, and last month announced unprecedented strikes on what it said were Tehran-operated bases in Syria.

When pressed on whether Russian Federation knew in advance of airstrikes carried out by Israel, Assad responded, "That's not true, that's not true, definitely". Assad said that this is "not true" and that Moscow had no prior knowledge of any attacks.

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

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied Russian Federation coordinated Israeli strikes inside his country, noting it was impossible for the Putin regime to both aid the Syrian Army and, at the same time, "work with our enemies in order to destroy our army".

The objective of Western nations' intervention in Syria, "the main goal", Al-Assad explained, "is regime change". "We need dialogue, particularly between young people", Assad said, as cited by Sablin. "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.

Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him