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Serbian president: without Russia, Syria could follow suit of countries lacking protection

March 08, 0:02 UTC+3
“If Russia had not interfered with the situation in Syria, then Syria could face the history of the countries, which prior to it, did not have protection, did not have support,” Nikolic said
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Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic

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BELGRADE, March 8. /TASS/. Without Russia’s involvement, Syria could repeat the history of other countries, which did not have protection, Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic said in an exclusive interview with TASS on the eve of his visit to Russia, which begins on March 9.

“If Russia had not interfered with the situation in Syria, then Syria could face the history of the countries, which prior to it, did not have protection, did not have support,” he said. “If it did not interfere, Syria now would be a country of the so-called Islamic State, which somebody in the world even could recognize.”

“You know, at the time where the Kosovo terrorism developed into establishment of a quasi-country, which some countries, both progressive and fundamentalist, began recognizing, I was confident time will come and some forces in the Islamic world will realize guns and weapons may be used to establish a state,” the president said.

“My position is Russia should be in the military aspect involved in protection of Syria at the request from Syria, as it would mean protection from terrorism, and it is much better to get protected from it in Syria than in Russia,” he said. “This is a doctrine, which is used also by the U.S., as they travel the world to fight terrorism.”

“I believe, no matter who the organizer is, it is important to study pictures from space together, study maps together and pick targets together,” he said. “They could even make joint flights – Russian and the U.S. bombers.” 

Read an Extended Interview with Tomislav Nikolic

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