Assad Denies Russia Running Show in Syria

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

In this Saturday, April 14, 2018 file photo, a Syrian soldier films the damage of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre which was attacked by U.S., British and French military strikes to punish President Bashar Assad for suspected chemical attack against civilians, in Barzeh, near Damascus, Syria. "They never, during our relation, try to dictate, even if there are differences", he told the British newspaper, according to Agence France Presse.

On the British and USA intervention in Syrian territory, the ruler said that it is illegal, while the Russian presence is legitimate as in the case of Iran, since both Moscow and Tehran were called by the Syrian government.

The Syrian conflict began with a popular uprising against the Assad family's decades-long rule.

"That's very natural, but at the end the only decision about what's going on in Syria and what's going to happen, it's a Syrian decision", he said.

Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes against Iranian forces in Syria last month.

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily", Assad said. Two weeks ago, JOL reported that Israel and Russian Federation had reached an agreement to withdraw Iranian-backed forces from Syria's southern region, near the Israeli border. "How could they help the Syrian army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army?" Iran and Hezbollah have been widely seen as instrumental to bolstering the success of Assad's forces throughout the war.

Israeli energy minister and cabinet member Yuval Steinitz recently appeared to threaten that his nation could kill Assad if necessary to stop Iran.

In a calculated move to guarantee the presence of Iranian-backed militias in Syria without any frictions with the Israeli forces on its border, the Bashar al-Assad regime is disguising them in Syrian uniforms. 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.

Netanyahu did not mention in the cabinet meeting that each of the leaders also made clear publicly that they continue to support the Iranian nuclear agreement which Israel adamantly opposes, and which the USA withdrew from last month.

"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.