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. The Syrian and Russian governments have charged the U.S. and UK-funded White Helmet group with staging a false-flag chemical attack in the city to prompt Western military intervention.
Damascus, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) President Bashar Al-Assad said that the United Kingdom, France and the United States continue having the same aggressive policy against Syria, and that in the case of the first two countries they are Washington " s lackeys.
"We've had good relations with Russian Federation for more than six decades now, almost seven decades". Assad admitted that he has had disagreements with Russian Federation and Iran- which also supports the Syrian army-throughout the seven-year conflict.
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 contradiction; how could they help the Syrian Army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army?"
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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".
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". Iran and Hezbollah have been widely seen as instrumental to bolstering the success of Assad's forces throughout the war.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that European leaders have agreed that Iran should be pushed out of Syria and accepted Israel's airstrikes against Iranian sites in 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. Azam also claimed that numerous Iranian-backed militants are given official ID cards from the Syrian government that belonged to now dead Syrian government forces.
Despite his criticism of Western governments, Assad said his nation is "ready" to cooperate if they "change" their "political position".