Assad claims Russia not running show in Syria, slams US 'colonial' moves

  1. Assad claims Russia not running show in Syria, slams US ‘colonial’ moves  Al-Arabiya
  2. Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria  Business Standard
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Syria's Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him: interview

Syria's Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him: interviewSyrian President Bashar al-Assad denied that military ally Russia was making decisions for him, but said it was natural for there to be differences of opinion between allies, in an interview published on Sunday by state media. In an interview with British newspaper the Mail on Sunday, carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA, Assad was responding to a question about whether Moscow now controls Syria’s diplomatic and military moves. “They (the Russians) never, during our relation, try to dictate, even if there are differences,” he said, according to SANA’s transcript of the interview, given in English.


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Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

Assad denies Moscow running the show in SyriaSyria’s President Bashar al-Assad denied Moscow is running the show in his war-torn country, saying in an interview released Sunday his government operates independently of its Russian and Iranian allies. In a wide-ranging interview in Damascus with the Mail on Sunday, Assad slammed the United States and British military actions in Syria as “colonial” while praising supporter Russia. “We’ve had good relations with Russia for more than six decades now, nearly seven decades.


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Netanyahu warns Assad on Iranian presence in Syria

Netanyahu warns Assad on Iranian presence in SyriaIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was “no longer immune” from retaliation, while declaring the Iran nuclear deal over after Washington ditched the accord. Noting that Israel had stayed out of Syria’s protracted civil war, in which Tehran backs Assad, Netanyahu said increasing Iranian encroachment required “a new calculus”. If he fires at us, as we’ve just demonstrated, we will destroy his forces,” the Israeli leader said at an event organised by the Policy Exchange think tank in London.


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Syria's Assad considers trip to meet Kim Jong Un

  1. Syria’s Assad considers trip to meet Kim Jong Un  The Mercury News
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  3. It Will Be a ‘Bumpy Road’ to the Upcoming US-North Korea Summit, Mattis Says  TIME
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Syria's Assad to meet Kim in North Korea: KCNA

Syria's Assad to meet Kim in North Korea: KCNASyrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang’s state media reported Sunday, potentially becoming the first head of state to meet Kim inside the isolated country. “I am going to visit the DPRK and meet… Kim Jong Un,” Assad said, the North’s state-run KCNA news agency reported, using the abbreviated version of the country’s official name.


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