Putin looks forward to overcoming negative trends in turnover with TurkeyBusiness & Economy December 06, 21:20
Red Cross to continue humanitarian operations in Aleppo — spokespersonWorld December 06, 21:09
Russia proposes UN to be venue for discussing world’s controversial anti-doping systemSport December 06, 21:04
Dialogue on Germany’s initiative for armed control depends on NATO — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 20:57
Mikhail Saakashvili says he seeks to change Ukraine’s political classWorld December 06, 20:46
Defense minister promises 2017 World Military Games in Sochi to be held 'at highest level'Military & Defense December 06, 20:37
Syrian army takes control of another 5 districts in eastern Aleppo — ministryWorld December 06, 20:13
Turkish PM Yildirim’s exclusive op-ed for TASS on relations with RussiaWorld December 06, 19:58
Lawmaker says Jagland asked Duma speaker not to set conditions for Russia’s return to PACERussian Politics & Diplomacy December 06, 19:09
MOSCOW, August 26 (Itar-Tass) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes that the leadership of Western states will not go to the length of a military operation against Syria.
They will not venture, in particular, because everybody “understands that the developments in Syria are not a popular revolution or a demand for reforms. This is terrorism,” the President said in an interview with the Russian Izvestia daily.
“In this situation Western leaders cannot say to their citizens: ‘We are going in Syria to support terrorism,’” Bashar al-Assad said.
“It is not the first time when the issue of a military incursion into Syria is brought up,” he said. “From the very start of the crisis, the United States, France and Great Britain tried to carry out a military invasion, but unfortunately for them things took a different turn,” he added.
“They were trying to convince Russia and China to change their stances in the UN Security Council, but they failed. They failed to convince their nations and the whole world that the policy they pursued in the Middle East was clever and useful,” the President said in the interview.
But if the United States decides to attack Syria or furthermore intrude into the country “they will fail like in all previous wars they have unleashed, from Vietnam to the present day,” he stressed. “America has taken part in a host of wars, but it has never managed to achieve its political goals for the sake of which it unleashed these wars,” Bashar al-Assad said. “It failed to convince its multi-national people of the righteousness of these wars as well as it failed to instill its ideology in other countries,” he added.
The situation in Syria differs from that in Egypt of Tunisia. “One and the same scenario of ‘Arab revolutions’ stopped being convincing,” he noted. “They may begin any war, but they cannot know how long it will continue and how vast territories it will spread to,” he said.