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Interview of President Bashar Al-Assad with Turkish media. Full version

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Interview of President Bashar Al-Assad with Turkish media. Full version



QUESTION: Mr President, we welcome you on behalf of the Ulusal TV channel. My first question may be a little strange, but I have to ask it, because a lot of information was published in the Turkish and world media that you were killed or left the country. Can you confirm that you are alive and in Syria?

PRESIDENT BASHSHAR AL-ASAD: First, I would like to welcome you and your group in Syria. It is a pleasure for me to speak with you today to address the fraternal Turkish people.

What you see yourself is obvious: I am here in my land. I am not hiding in an underground bunker. And such rumors spread in order to undermine the morale of the Syrian people. I do not live on a Russian military ship or in Iran. I live in Syria, in the same place where I have always lived.

QUESTION: As you know, at the last meeting of the League of Arab States, the place of the Syrian Arab Republic was given to opposition representatives. The question of the legitimacy of Syria was openly discussed. Does this mean that you have been deprived of legitimacy, because the place of ATS is transferred to the opposition, and you are no longer represented in the Arab League?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Frankly speaking, the League of Arab States itself lacks legitimacy. This is an organization that represents the Arab states, not the Arab nations. It has not had enough legitimacy for many years already due to the fact that these Arab states, taking different positions, do not reflect the will and interests of the Arab peoples. Even when we were part of the League of Arab States, we knew about it. Therefore, this League is unable to give someone legitimacy or deprive it. Her step was more symbolic than any other. It was undertaken to create the illusion of our illegitimacy.

Real legitimacy cannot be granted by international organizations or by some officials located outside your country in other states. Only the people have the right to give or take away legitimacy. If people abandon you, then you become illegitimate. And, on the contrary, if the people express their support to you, then you are the legitimate president. Everything else does not make sense and is only a machinations that do not bother us.

QUESTION: There are decisions and actions taken against your country by some Arab countries and the West. On the other hand, there are BRICS countries, which, observing developments in Syria, make decisions that differ from those adopted by Arab and Western states. How do you evaluate the activities, policies and decisions of the BRICS countries?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Your words underline one important point. The conflict in Syria from the very beginning was not internal. There were certain processes within Syria, but the main points of what is happening are connected with plans to redraw the map of the region and with the conflict of interests of major powers.
Creating a BRICS bloc means the United States is no longer the only global power in the world. Today there are partners whose views and interests cannot be ignored when making decisions in the international arena.

The BRICS group is not supporting me personally, as the president of Syria, but in favor of stability in the region. Everyone knows that if instability in Syria leads to a division of the country or if terrorist forces take control of the territory of the SAR, then the situation will inevitably spread to neighboring states. Then there will be a “domino effect” in the whole Middle East and even beyond its borders - in the East, West, North and South. This will lead to a state of tension for many years, perhaps even decades. It is on this basis that the countries of the BRICS group supported a political resolution in Syria, contrary to the will of the Western states.

As for some Arab or regional forces that are against Syria, it is well known that most of these countries are not independent and cannot make independent political decisions. They operate under the dictates of foreign circles. Within themselves, they can support a political decision in Syria. But, receiving orders from the West, they consider it necessary to carry them out. Generally speaking, this is the reality both in the region and internationally.

QUESTION: Mr. President, during the past two years we have witnessed an armed conflict in Syria. One of the parties to this conflict is supported by the United States, France, Turkey and some Gulf countries. These states say that people are fighting against your "regime." More than a hundred countries have stated that you must resign. Do you think on this background to resign or transfer power to someone?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Your question implies that a large number of Western states and their allies, including Turkey and a number of Arab regimes, oppose me as the president of Syria. At the same time, there are allegations that the people are also against the president. How is the leader still at his post? How does Syria last for two years?

I do not care that any foreign countries are against me. I am the president elected by the Syrian people. Only Syrians can decide when the president takes office or when he leaves office. This is an internal Syrian decision that will be made only by the Syrian people, but not by the states that demand my resignation.

Are these states interested in democracy in Syria? Are they concerned about the blood of the Syrian people? Let's be frank. Let's start with the United States. We see that they have supported the crimes committed by Israel over the decades since it was created in our region. The United States committed massacres in Afghanistan and Iraq. Millions of people are killed, injured or imprisoned. France and the United Kingdom killed many people in Libya with the support and cover of the United States. Currently, the Turkish government is knee-deep in Syrian blood. So are these states concerned about the blood of the Syrian people?

The question of the power of the president will always be the prerogative of the Syrian people, and no other country in the world has the right to resolve this issue.

QUESTION: You said that what is happening in Syria is mainly supported from outside. But we are in Damascus and hear the sounds of explosions and shelling. Why is this happening in Syria?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: We live surrounded by countries that help terrorists. Of course, not all countries do it intentionally. For example, Iraq opposes the penetration of terrorists into Syria, but it is constrained by certain circumstances that do not allow it to fully control its borders.

In Lebanon, there are parties and forces that support the sending of terrorists in Syria, and there are those who oppose it.

Turkey officially covers these terrorists and sends them to Syria.

Some terrorists enter Syria through Jordan. It is not entirely clear whether this is Jordan’s deliberate stance or not.
As long as these terrorists continue to illegally enter the country, we will continue to fight them - this is natural.

In fact, there is a war in the full sense of the word. These are not just separate incidents. The terrorists are going to Syria in the thousands, maybe even tens of thousands. It is difficult to establish the exact amount. So it is not surprising that the sounds of battle are heard in many Syrian provinces.
QUESTION: Mr. President, you said that the Turkish government officially and publicly supports the terrorists and provides them with various types of assistance. But we know that you recently had good relations with the Turkish government. What happened, why did this situation happen?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Maybe Erdogan saw in the events taking place in the Arab world a chance to prolong his political life. The mindset of this person is the same as that of the Muslim Brotherhood. Syria has had the experience of fighting Muslim Brothers for over 30 years. They are a group of apostates who use religion for their personal interests. Erdogan saw that in countries where coups took place or that were victims of foreign intervention, forces associated with the Muslim Brotherhood came to power. In this, he saw an opportunity for himself to remain in power for many years.

He spoke out against Syria because he saw in this a personal opportunity to remain in power. From the very beginning, he tried to interfere in the intra Syrian affairs. Even before the crisis, he put the interests of the Muslim Brotherhood higher than the Syrian-Turkish relations and even higher than the interests of Turkey itself. That is how this man thinks. In the present circumstances, he also decided to put his personal interests and above the interests of both Turkey and Syria. As I said, he tried to intervene in Syrian internal affairs, and as a result, his government began to openly support terrorists. The Erdogan government has become actively involved in the bloodshed in Syria. Naturally, in such conditions, the relationship between us is severed.

QUESTION: When we asked Mr. Erdogan about what happened to the Syrian-Turkish relations, he replied that he was honest with you making proposals for reforms, however, you rejected them. Why did you not take into account the proposals made by Erdogan?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Unfortunately, Erdogan never uttered one true word from the very beginning of the crisis in Syria. I do not exaggerate. The “proposals” put forward by him contained only general words that the Syrian people must decide who will be president and what political system will be in the country. I made such proposals a long time ago and presented them in much more detail in many of my speeches.

Now we are at the stage of preparation for the national dialogue, in which all the political forces of Syria will be represented. We will choose the best path that our country will take. No matter how important Erdogan’s proposals are, they will not be more important than the wishes of the Syrian people. Is there anything more important than the decisions of the Syrians? All that the Syrian people decide on their own will be implemented.

There is, however, a simple question that we must ask. If Erdogan claims that he put forward proposals to solve the problems of Syria, then what is the connection between these proposals and the support of armed groups? Today, Erdogan with the help of Qatari funding organizes terrorist groups, provides them weapon, medical equipment, logistics in Turkey, and then sends them to Syria. Were his offers a gift to the Syrians or did he simply use them as a facade to cover his goals?

Does he know that we have advocated dialogue from day one? We have agreed to conduct this dialogue with all the Syrian parties. But the first stage of their plan, which they call “peaceful,” failed. Then they began to support the armed groups.

Erdogan uses his proposals as a mask. We can take advice from any force, but under no circumstances can we accept intervention in Syrian internal affairs. It seems that Erdogan did not understand our position. But he decided that the fraternal relations between Syria and Turkey would allow him to interfere in the internal Syrian affairs in order to defeat the Syrian state. For me, the situation was clear from the very first days.

QUESTION: There are reports in some Turkish media that officers and officers of special services of Turkey are participating in terrorist attacks in the SAR, assisting terrorists, that they have penetrated into Syrian territory and were directly involved in the activities of terrorist organizations. Some media reports that Syria will respond the same to Turkey. What can you say about this?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: As I said, at present the Turkish government is directly involved in the murder of the Syrian people. Some people expect Syria to retaliate, but we will not.

First, we oppose criminal acts and reject them.

Secondly, we consider the Turkish people a brotherly people.

Thirdly, this is what Erdogan wants.

He wants to sow discord between the peoples of Syria and Turkey in order to gain public support for his policies and restore former popularity. We will not fall into this trap for reasons of principle and because our interest lies in good relations with the Turkish people. The conflict between our two nations will not be in the interests of either Syria or Turkey. It will only complicate the situation.
More than 10 years ago, then-Turkish President Sezer visited Syria to eliminate all the bad things between Arabs and Turks. Now Erdogan is trying to jeopardize these intentions. We will not commit any actions against the Turkish people.

As for the Turkish special services, we have not hitherto captured their member or soldier of the Turkish army. This does not mean that they do not participate in what is happening. They provide terrorists with training, equipment, communications, and provide them with various forms of political and informational support.

From the confessions of many terrorists, we know that there are people in Turkey who are involved in what is happening. But the main participation of Turkey is the policy of the current Turkish government. And, if there are no intelligence officers on the land of Syria, this does not mean that they do not participate.

QUESTION: Your statements about the Turkish policy are clear. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: “I would prefer to resign than shake hands with President Al-Assad.” What does this fact say about the relationship between the two countries?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: I will not respond to that. Suffice it to say that I received the appropriate upbringing in my own home. It is clear that this can not be said about him.

In what he says, there is no embodiment of the high moral principles of the Turkish people, which I saw quite clearly during my visits to Turkey. On the other hand, the Syrian people also have high moral standards. Therefore, I do not feel the need to respond to such attacks.

As for the bridges between our countries, my relations with Erdogan, in theory, would have to reflect the Syrian-Turkish relations. But when the prime minister, the government or its individual members are involved in the bloodshed in Syria, these bridges do not exist either between us personally or between the Turkish government and the Syrian people, who have no respect for the leadership of Turkey.

QUESTION: When Barack Obama was in Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu suddenly announced that he apologized to Turkey for the incident with the Turkish ship. How could you comment on this event?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: There is a clear and obvious answer in this situation. Netanyahu is the same person who was Israeli Prime Minister 3 a year ago when the Marmara ship incident occurred. He is still the prime minister. Why did he not apologize for all these years? What changed? Erdogan is the same and Netanyahu is the same. But what has changed is the situation in Syria.

This very clearly and clearly confirms that a Turkish-Israeli alliance is being created against Syria. Erdogan enters into an alliance with Israel in order to aggravate the situation in Syria. In the past two years, he has failed to achieve his goals: set up Turkish public opinion against Syria, as well as break the Syrian state. Syria has remained steadfast, despite fierce battles.

Erdogan has no ally to help him, except Israel. Israel is our obvious enemy that has occupied our lands. I believe that what is happening is clear evidence of a union between them. At the same time, this apology helps Erdogan regain some of his authority, which he lost in Turkey.

QUESTION: We want to remember what happened recently. 21 March, Erdogan met with Ocalan. During this meeting, the parties talked about the formation of a new Middle East consisting of Arabs, Assyrians, Kurds and Turks. What do you think about the meeting and these statements?
PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: At the moment we have information spread through the media. We have not received information about the details.

From the first steps of Turkey to solve the Kurdish problem, which were taken several years ago, our position was to support any solution between the Turks and the Kurds. Because we do not want to see further bloodshed in Turkey, which will undoubtedly have a negative impact on the region. We will support any real solution to this problem, because the Kurdish people are a natural part of life in the region. Kurds are not guests or immigrants - they have lived on these lands for centuries and millennia.

But the prospects for resolving Turkish-Kurdish relations depend on Erdogan’s trust. I do not trust this man and I doubt that he will keep his promises. All the measures he takes are temporary measures aimed at attracting political support. Here we can again ask the question: why did he not take the same steps a few years ago? Again, this is due to the Syrian situation. But let's not anticipate events, but wait and see.

QUESTION: You said that solving the Kurdish problem is one of the important issues for the region. Can we hear your position on solving this problem in more detail?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: We should note that the concept of a nation is different from the concept of ethnicity. We live in a mixed region. If, for example, you are a Turk, this does not mean that you cannot be a Kurd, Armenian or Arab, speak a different language and be a carrier of another culture. This is the situation in both Turkey and Syria. When we talk about an Arab, it does not mean that he cannot be of another origin. Both Turkish and Arab nations are an example of a civilizational structure that includes representatives of many nationalities.
There were problems with this concept. The great advantage of this region is its diversity. The most dangerous thing for us is not to see in this variety of opportunities for prosperity and development. When we see this as weakness, we allow outside forces to force us to fight each other and create conflicts.

So it was at the beginning of the last century, when in the last days of the Ottoman Empire, a conflict began between the Arabs and the Turks. Many forces wanted to defend the ideas of Arab nationalism within the Ottoman Empire. However, as a result of mistakes made by both Turks and Arabs, as well as as a result of interference by foreign players, the conflict began.

That is why we have to look at the current situation in such a way as if we are made of the same fabric, but of different colors.
QUESTION: Mr. President, one of the most important issues currently under discussion in Turkey is the issue of the Kurdistan Workers' Party. There are organizations operating in Syrian territory that cooperate with it. The PKK has a great influence on these organizations. They say that this organization is interested in creating a military vacuum in the north of Syria, because it can be filled by Kurdish forces. How do you feel about this?

AL-ASAD PRESIDENT: When there is any chaos, as is the case with Syria at the moment, there will inevitably appear any groups wishing to fill the vacuum created. Sometimes these groups are gangs with a single goal — murder and theft. Sometimes these are political groups that seek certain interests.

There is no doubt that there are several organizations that want separatism. They exist in Syria, Turkey, Iraq and other countries. But we cannot extend the desire of individual organizations to all Kurds. Most Kurds are patriots who want to live in Syria. Thus, due to some cases, we cannot generalize the situation and assume that things are moving towards separatism.

Separatism needs a certain environment: it must have broad public support or rely on external factors. The situation in Syria is currently different from this situation. I am not concerned about this issue today.

QUESTION: Mr. President, there is a very important question. Since the beginning of events in Syria, certain parties and research centers have begun to talk about a new project, which involves the separation of the north of Syria, the north of Iraq and southeast Turkey. Do you think there is a danger of separation of the north of Syria from the state?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: As I have already said, in the current conditions in Syria there are no conditions for this, especially from the point of view of public opinion. The ideas of separatism will be completely rejected by the Syrian people and the state. No sovereign state will accept the separation of a part of its territory. Such a position is totally unacceptable and is not negotiable in Syria.

QUESTION: It seems to us that there is a clear plan put forward by Western countries in cooperation and coordination with some countries of the region. It provides for the creation of Great Kurdistan, if we separate the north of Iraq, the west of Iran, the north of Syria and southeast Turkey. They want to achieve this goal. Are we going in this direction?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: I do not believe that four states - Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq - will agree to such proposals. Independent states in the modern world strive for integration, not division. Unfortunately, our region is an exception, which is a sign of backwardness. Today, large countries are coming together, an example of this is BRICS. States seek to unite and form blocs, because this is the requirement of the era in which we live. So why should we go in the opposite direction and strive for fragmentation in our region? What prevents people who belong to different nationalities, religions, faiths, to live with each other?

If we accept the ideas of separatism, it will lead to such consequences as splitting up into small mini-states based on ethnic and confessional signs. In our rich and diverse region, this will create a dangerous situation that will provoke wars in the future. That is why I do not think that such proposals are real. Each of these four countries concerned must do everything possible so that all its citizens feel like people of the first grade, with equal rights. This solution is therefore clear and simple. On the other hand, when a citizen feels that he is of the second or third grade, he will think about separation or even oppose his own state.

QUESTION: Earlier you, Mr. President, put forward an interesting project. You talked about the political and economic unification of the five seas and the countries lying between these seas. How can we benefit from such a project? Can you talk about it to a Turkish audience?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: This is what I had in mind when I said that in this era we must unite. This does not mean that we will become a single state, such as the vast empires that existed in the past. Today we can unite our interests. For example, we can build railways and other land transport facilities together, develop gas and oil fields, develop electric power facilities and all types of energy, and, therefore, create connections between our countries in this extremely important from a strategic point of view region of the world that lies between five seas. This in itself would bring a lot of investment to the region, we could achieve prosperity in all its countries. This would allow our states and nations to be strong enough to repel any foreign intervention.

This idea requires will and independent decision making. Moreover, many Western states are not interested in creating such projects in the Middle East.

To implement this project, security and stability are also required. I do not believe that such conditions exist at the present time. There are problems in Syria, in Lebanon, unrest in Iraq. Most of these problems are the result of Western intervention. Moreover, the current government of Turkey is incapable of this, since it is not independent. And Turkey is important for this project because of its strategic position.

This does not mean that we should abandon these plans. They must remain in our minds, because the future of this region depends on ambitious projects. If each of us is enclosed in our national borders, we will be considered small on a global scale - even such large countries as Turkey and Iran. We cannot be strong unless we create such strategic cross-border projects.

QUESTION: Mr. President, we want to move on to another issue that is related to interfaith conflicts. Many people say that there is a war between Sunnis and Shiites in the region. Do you agree that conflict is interfaith in nature?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: This question was first raised in 1979 against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution, which overthrew one of the most important US allies in the region. Their only decision was to declare that this Shiite revolution and other confessions should oppose it. On this basis, the war between Iraq and Iran was provoked, with the complicity of some Gulf countries.

After some time, for the same purposes - inciting sectarian strife - the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria was used. But this attempt failed.

Now, three decades later, they again have no choice but to attempt to create inter-religious strife in the countries of the region. Therefore, they again raised this issue.

In the early days of the Syrian crisis, slogans were heard concerning the confessional issue. But so far, these plans have not been successful. If they had been realized, the entire region would have been split as a result of this conflict. A positive point in all this is the increased level of public awareness. Thanks to this, the people oppose these plans, despite the fact that there are some ignorant sectarian forces that are usually present in any society.

I believe that the essence of the conflict is not in the confessions now. This is a conflict between forces seeking to throw the nations back to prehistoric times, and states willing to go with their people to a prosperous future.

This is a conflict between those who desire the independence of their homeland from the West, and those who seek to be satellites of the Western powers for the sake of achieving their vested interests.

At the same time, the disagreements between Syria and Turkey are part of the international struggle of conflicting interests. The course of this struggle is influenced by various factors that may lead to a fragmentation of the region, which would allow the major powers to control our fate and our future.

QUESTION: Nevertheless, some countries outside Syria have officially adopted a policy of separation according to ethnic and religious grounds. On the other hand, we witnessed what you said about Turkey. Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk a secular republic was created. Unfortunately, the government distanced itself from this project and began to develop religious projects. How do you see the future of such political systems?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: These political forces, who want division and fragmentation, have provoked wars that can last for centuries in our region. They will destroy everything, will create obstacles to development and prosperity, will reject us in the Middle Ages. It is very dangerous.

When I speak of a secular state, I mean freedom of religion. Our region is quite conservative. Most people are religious. They should have the freedom to perform their religious rituals. We should not think for a moment that there is a contradiction between ethnic groups and religions. This is the essence of our secular thinking.

We must always strive to bring people together in our region. As I mentioned earlier, regardless of what happens between the governments of Syria and Turkey, this should not affect relations between the peoples of our countries. These relationships are the only guarantee of our unity, diversity and prosperity of society.

QUESTION: Mr President, do you closely follow the events in Turkey?

AL-ASAD PRESIDENT: This is natural. Because what is happening in Turkey - a neighboring large country with an important strategic position - will directly affect the events in Syria.

At the same time, there is a lot in common between our peoples: the mentality of people, their emotions. The structure of society in Turkey is very similar to that which exists in Syria.

So, I repeat: what is happening in Turkey will have an impact on Syria. That is why we believe that the stability of Turkey is in our interests. In contrast, instability in Syria has a negative effect on Turkey. The task is to convince Turkish officials in the current government, in particular, the Prime Minister, that the fire in Syria will spread to Turkey. Unfortunately, he does not see this reality.

QUESTION: A question regarding the dialogue with the opposition. You called for a political decision and a direct dialogue with its representatives. Is there a “red line” in this dialogue?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: “The Red Line” is a foreign intervention. Any dialogue should be only Syrian. There can be no foreign interference in this dialogue. In addition to this, there is no other "red line". Syrian citizens can discuss anything. Syria is the motherland for all Syrians, and they can pose any questions they want.

QUESTION: On many TV channels and other media, the conflict in Syria is viewed as confessional and claims are being made that there is a dictatorship of Alawites, whose sole purpose is to persecute Sunnis. Even the murder of Muhammad Said Ramadan Al-Buti is considered in this context. What is your reaction to such statements?

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: I talked about the diversity of this region, part of which is Syria, which has lived steadily for many decades without any internal problems. Can there be stability without a government that is a reflection of its people? When a government in any country represents only one or a few groups of people and, therefore, does not reflect the interests of the entire population, it cannot survive. Sooner or later it will fall, and with it the country. Therefore, such claims are not true. We live together in this country for hundreds of years. The country's leadership reflects the diversity of society and takes part in its affairs.

As for the late scientist Al-Buti, it is absurd to blame the Syrian government for his murder. This accusation was invented by the same groups that accused him of being the mouthpiece of the authorities. Such an accusation was invented to reduce its popularity among the Syrian people and among its followers in the Muslim world. In fact, he was not a mouthpiece of power, as they are trying to present it. He never wanted to get power, did not want to be a minister or mufti, did not ask for any money. He lived a modest life. His only fault was that he stood in the vanguard of a group of religious leaders who resolutely resisted the conspiracy to sow interfaith strife among Syrians.

Al-Buti was at the forefront, firstly, because of his status in Syria and the Muslim world, and secondly, because he was deeply aware of and understood the truth about what was happening. There is no doubt that the position of these religious leaders, including Al-Buti, played a decisive role in disrupting attempts to incite inter-religious hatred. That's why they killed Dr. Al-Bouti, as well as other religious leaders. Most recently, a few days ago, a religious leader was killed in Aleppo. All those who spoke of true religion, of tolerance and religious tolerance, have become a target since the beginning of the crisis. Without a doubt, al-Buti resisted this war. He was not for the state system, but stood with his people, for which he paid with his life. In any case, he always spoke of his readiness for martyrdom.

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President, for the interview with Ulusal. Is there anything else you want to say to the Turkish people?
PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: We are now at an important historical stage. We are Syria, and Turkey, and the region as a whole. Even if some of the changes taking place in our region were spontaneous in nature, but much of this is planned from the outside in order to establish control over this region.

What is happening now is, in fact, similar to what happened a hundred years ago. There is a repeated division of the region. One hundred years ago, we accepted the Sykes-Picot division when they set boundaries for us. But this time we should not accept any plans to rebuild the region, with the exception of those that are suitable for us - the peoples living in this region. We have to be decision makers. Unfortunately, this vision is lacking in many governments that have agreed to act in accordance with foreign dictates, in particular, to fulfill the will of Western countries. Therefore, we see that over the past two years there have been many attempts to destroy relations between the Turkish and Syrian peoples.

I want to say that what we started twelve years ago with President Sezer should continue under any circumstances. I mean the Turkish-Arab brotherhood. It cannot be achieved if the Syrian-Turkish relations are not good, because, along with Iraq, we are the Arab countries neighboring Turkey.

Therefore, we must continue to move in this direction. Prosperity in one country will be reflected in other countries. And the fire in any country will also spread to others.

Governments come and go, they do not stay forever. Therefore, we should not allow governments and officials, especially stupid and inexperienced officials, to undermine our relationship, which should be built by us, and not by foreign powers. This is my message to the Turkish people. I am glad to receive you today.

JOURNALISTS: Thank you very much, Mr. President.

PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: Thank you again and please convey my best wishes to the staff of the Ulusal TV channel and Aydinlik newspaper.
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  1. smart ass
    smart ass April 8 2013 08: 19 New
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    I am not worried that any foreign countries are against me. I am the president elected by the Syrian people. Only the Syrians can decide when the president takes office or when he leaves office.


    An excellent saying is not in the eyebrow, but in the eye!
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith April 8 2013 12: 10 New
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      Please some videos

      Direct hit


      Another accurate hit in the operator of militants


      Militants tried to tease aircraft


      A large group of militants captured
      According to the Syrian agency SANA, the Syrian army managed to regain control over most of eastern Ghouta, and soon this territory will be declared free from gangs. Also, according to SANA, the army carried out a number of large operations in the settlements of eastern Guta: Kifrin, Herran, Alavamid, Alatiba, Alabad, Adra, as a result of which security was restored in the area of ​​Damas International Airport, and also the route that connects the capital with the airport .

      It is worth noting that, according to the Russian channel “Rusia Allaum”, yesterday 06.04.13/XNUMX/XNUMX, SMS messages sent by the Ministry of Defense came to mobile phones in eastern Gut, the contents of which read something like this: “The Syrian Arab army strongly recommends that bandits in eastern Ghut immediately lay down their arms and surrender to save their lives."


      ANNA-News at Sukane Mosque
      1. elmi
        elmi April 8 2013 13: 50 New
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        Thank you for the selection, often post stories, very interesting
      2. Rink
        Rink April 8 2013 18: 16 New
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        Assad is a man! I never expected it.
        He answers smartly, with restraint, without tantrums, without rudeness. Owns emotions - everyone needs to learn! He sees goals, knows how to achieve them ...
        Just handsome.
        Given that both he and his family are at risk of physical destruction, like the Colonel or the Iraqi dictator, I admire his stamina and courage.
        I respect !!!!

        I would also like to see the same worthy people in the leadership of our unfortunate country, and not. # / @ # $ # @@ ... @@ # ** @ ...

        And the Syrians are great!
        However, living with such a leader is not a shame, and dying if you have to is not disgusting! Respect of Syria !!!
        1. smart ass
          smart ass April 8 2013 21: 11 New
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          During the conflict with Georgia, it seems to me that our leadership showed no less “DIGNITY”. The then president, Medvedev, in just a couple of minutes decided on the INTRODUCTION of troops ... And then this decision could end with ANY consequences, until the outbreak of World War III. You can relate to him in different ways .. but the fact remains, he made the TRUE and WEIGHED decision quickly, which led to the rapid defeat and flight of the Georgian Armed Forces. And to the ruthless eating of the TIE, by me dear, SAAKASHVILLI
          1. zvereok
            zvereok April 8 2013 22: 13 New
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            Yeah, for a couple of minutes, I was waiting in shock for several days when Medvedev finally sent troops, and he couldn’t either find the chief of staff on vacation, or Serdyukov at his mistress, or Volodya at the Olympics.
            1. tomket
              tomket April 8 2013 22: 28 New
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              I remember sitting under the exercises under Peter and watching the development of the situation on TV, when the snipers of our military took off, it was already clear that it was necessary to enter and level the ground, and Medvedev apparently was gaining determination for this “Desperate” step for the politician and for the whole world.
          2. Rink
            Rink April 8 2013 22: 48 New
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            Quote: Clever man
            During the conflict with Georgia, it seems to me that our leadership showed no less “DIGNITY”.

            During 08.08.08, Russia acted as it should, and showed real dignity, without any quotes. Whether it was Medvedev’s merit, I don’t presume to argue, although in general the decisiveness of the actions of that time with the general appearance of this Dimko invisibly somehow does not fit in very little - but I will be glad to be wrong. In any case, then I experienced both pride and joy from the skillful and successful actions of the Russian army.

            But I sighed at the Ukrainian "leadership", for which I have no decent word ...
  2. Vanek
    Vanek April 8 2013 08: 21 New
    +1
    He even knows what he’s fighting for.
    1. alexng
      alexng April 8 2013 12: 37 New
      +3
      Unlike the Turkish government, YES. And Erdogan himself does not know what he wants. They think for him overseas, but then the USscales themselves will wipe their feet on him.
      1. silver_roman
        silver_roman April 8 2013 13: 32 New
        +3
        USkaly will wipe his feet on him.

        Let them wipe. We will only benefit from this.
        Firstly, we can drag the Turks to our side
        Secondly, with the support of the media, to show the world how Americans treat their allies and puppets. Do not be surprised if many are not yet in the know request
    2. Rink
      Rink April 9 2013 01: 37 New
      +2
      The latest news from Syria is encouraging. Despite the seemingly increased supply of weapons to these freaks, they so gloriously went to annul them - a sight for sore eyes!
      Secretly, I hope that maybe Russia not only helps with a word? maybe there our "advisers" got down to business? good although the Syrians themselves are great. Turned out to be spiritual, fighters!
  3. Belogor
    Belogor April 8 2013 08: 26 New
    +9
    I wonder how this interview will be fully covered in Turkey itself? Assad answered the questions fairly straightforwardly and did not make diplomatic passes in relation to Turkey.
    1. Romn
      Romn April 8 2013 08: 36 New
      +9
      For some reason, it seems to me that especially in Turkey, with its “democratic” regime, this interview will be so covered and redone that nothing will be left from its original meaning. Turkey simply cannot show the whole truth, otherwise how can it be possible to legalize opposition to the Syrian government.
      But Bashar al-Assad well done, I hope he succeeds. And peace will come in Syria, and the triumph of Syria and the BRICS!
      1. Yeraz
        Yeraz April 8 2013 10: 39 New
        +2
        Quote: Romn
        For some reason, it seems to me that especially in Turkey, with its “democratic” regime, this interview will be so covered and redone that nothing will be left from its original meaning. Turkey simply cannot show the whole truth, otherwise how can it be possible to legalize opposition to the Syrian government.
        But Bashar al-Assad well done, I hope he succeeds. And peace will come in Syria, and the triumph of Syria and the BRICS!

        You are deeply mistaken, I personally watch Turkish television channels, there are many opponents of such a policy. Politicians, public figures calmly speak their minds through the main channels.
        I understand that the people of the post-Soviet space are unusually sensitive, but in Turkey everything is fine with this.
    2. Yeraz
      Yeraz April 8 2013 10: 34 New
      +1
      Quote: Belogor
      I wonder how this interview will be fully covered in Turkey itself? Assad answered the questions fairly straightforwardly and did not make diplomatic passes in relation to Turkey.

      To the semicolon. The Turkish political space is very different from the Russian one, where the opposition leader calmly says from the rostrum in parliament that Erdogan, to say the least, is a bad person who sits and listens at the same time, and then also goes to the rostrum and talks about the opposition too far not flattering words, well, both sides give arguments. And what kind of debates and rallies do they have, especially in the pre-election period, when opposition leaders and Erdogan, traveling around the cities, gather crowds and speak for hours in front of them, touching all sides of social and political life, from the utilities sector to international politics.
      1. Tartary
        Tartary April 8 2013 12: 01 New
        +3
        Quote: Yeraz
        Turkish Political Space [b] very different from Russian [/ b], there the opposition leader calmly in the parliament from the rostrum says which Erdogan, to put it mildly, a bad person who sits and listens at the same time, and then also goes to the rostrum and speaks of the opposition are also far from flattering words, well, both sides give arguments

        There I highlighted in your text as red ...
        Hence the question: - the word is very, in the topic of perception it can be interpreted as fundamentally ... So I wonder, this word is VERY ...
        Personally, I do not see anything distinctive in the truthful narration of my thoughts by Assad and Putin, for example, the specifics of the presentation ... Or is there no opposition speech in Russia on dark channels?
        I am not talking about extremists, but about adequate opposition ...
        1. Yeraz
          Yeraz April 8 2013 13: 27 New
          +2
          Quote: Tartary
          Quote: Yeraz
          Turkish Political Space [b] very different from Russian [/ b], there the opposition leader calmly in the parliament from the rostrum says which Erdogan, to put it mildly, a bad person who sits and listens at the same time, and then also goes to the rostrum and speaks of the opposition are also far from flattering words, well, both sides give arguments

          There I highlighted in your text as red ...
          Hence the question: - the word is very, in the topic of perception it can be interpreted as fundamentally ... So I wonder, this word is VERY ...
          Personally, I do not see anything distinctive in the truthful narration of my thoughts by Assad and Putin, for example, the specifics of the presentation ... Or is there no opposition speech in Russia on dark channels?
          I am not talking about extremists, but about adequate opposition ...

          Yes cardinally.
          So I wrote about the cardinal difference in the political space, and not the statements of Putin and Assad, I am not even affected.
          Listen to the speech of which opposition, the demagogy of Zhirik, and the fact that on the swamp it’s straight the whole day of their speech and the speech of their leaders on the key))
          I will describe approximately that you would understand what the opposition is there.
          In the State Duma, Putin came to the meeting and the opposition leaders come straight from the rostrum to him, Mr Putin says you are such, you said this, but you didn’t fulfill why you are a hypocrite, you think the people are stupid and Putin immediately leaves and this happens to them every day about any law or agreement pleasant by the leadership and everything is on the main channels. But this does not mean that they are negative for any decision, no reason.
          And in Russia, what. Where is the opposition in parliament? The LDPR and a just Russia ?? Bolotnaya are going to talk to themselves and leave. Whoever has the spirit of Putin in liuo in elevated tones and is not always correct in liuo to say something. Maximum ministers will get and then for the sake of window dressing.
          We live in Russia, where the tsar is not to blame for the main principle, these are all boyars.
          And believe me, in Turkey, the Syrian theme is not lopsided, as everyone thinks, it’s the Europeans who live far away, and the Turks, by the way, they know perfectly well what’s and how near at their side. The huge Alavite community inside the country and I myself constantly I see this debate about the behavior of the government in this situation.
          1. Tartary
            Tartary April 8 2013 15: 07 New
            0
            Quote: Yeraz
            And in Russia, what. Where is the opposition in parliament? The LDPR and a just Russia ?? Bolotnaya are going to talk to themselves and leave. Whoever has the spirit of Putin in liuo in elevated tones and is not always correct in liuo to say something. Maximum ministers will get and then for the sake of window dressing.

            Well, that’s understandable ... But in Russia people don’t like to fuck a bazaar, if the situation is clear anyway - that’s why the mentality with the Syrians is different ... Not in the eastern bazaar, however ...
            Yes, and it used to be ... Looked, looked at the warlord-hero for fussing around the outskirts, took a club and let's not touch anyone in the village until it was finished ...
            Then, for weeks, or even years - peace and quiet ... And so on until the next discussion of the domestic political situation in the village or in the settlement.
            By the way, why didn’t our Zhirinovsky please you? What is there in Putin’s face ?????
            I remember when the whole Middle East was silent in a rag, he was alone in Baghdad, where it was not at all calm, he shot his Bush’s movie and went straight to the camera - “don’t need to bomb Baghdad, hear Bush, sr.p. cowboy.” .. Etc. - there for about twenty minutes of greetings to the spine of Erdogan or his opposition ...
            Then only worthy Hugo Chavez, like that had the courage to say ...
            Where was the opposition of Turkey? Aaaaa, did you keep the eastern bazaar between you in your parliament?
            Rjunemagu ...
            1. Yeraz
              Yeraz April 8 2013 15: 39 New
              +2
              Quote: Tartary
              Quote: Yeraz
              And in Russia, what. Where is the opposition in parliament? The LDPR and a just Russia ?? Bolotnaya are going to talk to themselves and leave. Whoever has the spirit of Putin in liuo in elevated tones and is not always correct in liuo to say something. Maximum ministers will get and then for the sake of window dressing.

              Well, that’s understandable ... But in Russia people don’t like to fuck a bazaar, if the situation is clear anyway - that’s why the mentality with the Syrians is different ... Not in the eastern bazaar, however ...
              Yes, and it used to be ... Looked, looked at the warlord-hero for fussing around the outskirts, took a club and let's not touch anyone in the village until it was finished ...
              Then, for weeks, or even years - peace and quiet ... And so on until the next discussion of the domestic political situation in the village or in the settlement.
              By the way, why didn’t our Zhirinovsky please you? What is there in Putin’s face ?????
              I remember when the whole Middle East was silent in a rag, he was alone in Baghdad, where it was not at all calm, he shot his Bush’s movie and went straight to the camera - “don’t need to bomb Baghdad, hear Bush, sr.p. cowboy.” .. Etc. - there for about twenty minutes of greetings to the spine of Erdogan or his opposition ...
              Then only worthy Hugo Chavez, like that had the courage to say ...
              Where was the opposition of Turkey? Aaaaa, did you keep the eastern bazaar between you in your parliament?
              Rjunemagu ...

              Do you read what I’m writing about? We started talking about the relationship between the government and the opposition, and you told me that Zhirik told Bush this. Zhirik is a natural clown only blah blah populist.
              And what does the Russian people do not like to say, but immediately on the head? Only temporarily, the interval is probably really huge if the bureaucrats still do what they want and they keep people idiotic and steal everything openly, and that the Middle East is mostly scratched, I think In recent years, the Arab springs and the constant confrontation at the level of arms of the opposition and the authorities speaks for another.
              You can no longer answer after your remark about Zhirik and take the topic in a different direction, there is no desire to talk, and even more so to clog the branch even more.
              1. Tartary
                Tartary April 8 2013 16: 56 New
                -1
                Quote: Yeraz
                You can no longer answer after your remark about Zhirik and take the topic in a different direction, there is no desire to talk, and even more so to clog the branch even more.

                So don’t write, I won’t even answer ... And let’s get no advice ...
                As for Zhirinovsky, the person has several higher Soviet educations, with the rank of a real colonel in reserve, issued so many analytical forecasts to his mountain over his 20-year-old career as a politician, which have largely come true, his party (LDPR) due to his mind and charisma, the second most popular after the ruling in Russia ...
                Few reasons? I can add more, but is it worth it? Judging by the tone, my opponent is in extreme opposition to the Russian authorities ...
                By the way, neither Erdogan, nor even Assad, and taken together, are no closer to Zhirinovsky to me and will never become. I see what I mean?
                What’s there and what’s it that scratches the Middle East, I still don’t understand from your letter - please use the editors ...
                And as for the theft, this is some kind of liberal shit wave, and mainly against Russia, which I pick up on everyone who is not lazy, i.e. populism, or there may still be mimicry ... But corruption is a global problem. Is not it?
                Maybe it’s known for sure that surrounded by Erdogan or someone else there, they don’t steal budget money?
                So it’s good to breed on cheap people ... am
  4. irka_65. irina
    irka_65. irina April 8 2013 08: 34 New
    +5
    "Governments come and go, they do not stay forever. Therefore, we should not allow governments and officials, especially stupid and inexperienced officials, to undermine our relations, which should be built by us, and not by foreign powers." Strong and wise man Assad. Strength and will to them to survive. Ours would still have the same mind and decency.
  5. as3wresdf
    as3wresdf April 8 2013 10: 00 New
    0
    The base of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of all citizens of the Russian Federation on this site twitlink.ws/baza and most importantly did something like searching for lost relatives, but here is all the information about each of us: correspondence with friends, addresses, phone numbers, place of work, and what’s worst is even mine exposure of photos (I don’t know where from ...). In general, I was very scared - but there is such a function as “hide data”, of course I took advantage of it and I advise everyone not to hesitate,
  6. SCS
    SCS April 8 2013 10: 22 New
    +4
    Assad is a worthy leader of his country! no wonder the people of Syria support him! good luck to him!
  7. SSR
    SSR April 8 2013 10: 23 New
    +3
    PRESIDENT AL-ASAD: I will not answer that. Suffice it to say that I received appropriate education in my home.

    Oh, how relevant it is ..... many have forgotten about it .... entire states are slaughtering it ....
    B. Al-Assad .. not in the eyebrow but in the eye! +
  8. zambo
    zambo April 8 2013 10: 41 New
    +1
    What can I say !? Hold on, Assad!
  9. Svatdevostator
    Svatdevostator April 8 2013 10: 53 New
    +1
    Assad said everything in beauty without evading questions !! A normal man of success to him !!
  10. zMouze
    zMouze April 8 2013 11: 00 New
    +3
    النجاح وأنت الأسد
    1. Vanek
      Vanek April 8 2013 11: 52 New
      0
      Someone translate. Pzhalsta.
      1. djon3volta
        djon3volta April 8 2013 14: 42 New
        +3
        Quote: Vanek
        Somebody translate

        from Arabic - success.
    2. Tartary
      Tartary April 8 2013 12: 05 New
      +2
      Quote: zMouze
      النجاح وأنت الأسد

      Why don't you want to tell the people what you got there?
      Maybe: - Russia, are you the next?
      How should I know?

      I require a translation or delete !!!!!!!!!!!!
      1. elenagromova
        April 8 2013 14: 48 New
        +5
        Here it is written - Good luck to you and Asad.
        1. Vanek
          Vanek April 9 2013 05: 46 New
          +1
          Quote: zMouze
          النجاح وأنت الأسد


          Quote: elenagromova
          Here it is written - Good luck to you and Asad.


          Thank you.
    3. Yeraz
      Yeraz April 8 2013 13: 30 New
      +1
      Quote: zMouze
      النجاح وأنت الأسد

      Haha this is what a joke lol
  11. zMouze
    zMouze April 8 2013 11: 01 New
    0
    النجاح وأنت الأسد
  12. mamba
    mamba April 8 2013 11: 26 New
    +2
    Assad is an intellectual and politician with a capital letter. good We wish him stamina and courage, and his enemies - discord and inglorious defeat. negative
  13. djon3volta
    djon3volta April 8 2013 11: 52 New
    +1
    These interviews remind me of someone ... that's right, that's right, invite or let them come and take an interview themselves.
  14. Russian knight
    Russian knight April 8 2013 12: 39 New
    +3
    The countries of the Gulf are overgrown at the end. Well, someday friends from across the ocean will democratize themselves. Examples have already been hi
  15. Rezun
    Rezun April 8 2013 12: 40 New
    +2
    Calm tone, clear wording ... And at the end of the question: "How will we live, brothers, Turks?"

    Does Erdogan really not understand that Turkey is being made "extreme"?
  16. Krapovy32
    Krapovy32 April 8 2013 12: 42 New
    +3
    Yes, they opened the Pandora's box, bred and trained fanatics and mercenaries. Armed, and then this mass will sweep them all together. This time will come and the dynasty of Saudi princes and Qatar will regret their deeds.
  17. Vtel
    Vtel April 8 2013 14: 00 New
    +1
    Quote: silver_roman
    USkaly will wipe his feet on him.

    Let them wipe. We will only benefit from this.
    Firstly, we can drag the Turks to our side
    Secondly, with the support of the media, to show the world how Americans treat their allies and puppets. Do not be surprised if many are not yet in the know request


    Turks have always been enemies of Russia, History!
  18. pinecone
    pinecone April 8 2013 14: 53 New
    0
    Quote: silver_roman
    Firstly, we can drag the Turks to our side


    It is unclear how a "NATO member" state can be "pulled to its side".
  19. wax
    wax April 8 2013 15: 26 New
    +2
    The entire Syrian army is turning into a guard in these battles for the motherland, and the people of Syria are rallying surrounded by enemies. With the victory of Syria, which I sincerely wish for it, Syria will become a fundamental cementing factor in the region. LAS can prepare a wreath for a funeral.
  20. Ruslan_F38
    Ruslan_F38 April 8 2013 16: 55 New
    +1
    Assad and the people of Syria only victory. The American sixes: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, as well as the NATO countries themselves and other sympathizers, sincerely wish that the same bloodshed would come to their home. That war and death would knock on their safe door.
  21. VadimSt
    VadimSt April 8 2013 16: 56 New
    +1
    QUESTION: Mr President, we welcome you on behalf of the Ulusal TV channel. My first question may be a little strange, but I have to ask it, because a lot of information was published in the Turkish and world media that you were killed or left the country. Can you confirm that you are alive and in Syria?


    You can’t imagine!
    How to regard this question? Like a joke, the logic of the characters in the animated series "Dumb and Dumber", or outright vileness - being a party to the host?
  22. Russian knight
    Russian knight April 8 2013 17: 21 New
    +2
    The Syrians will throw these scumbags from their territory, they have enough courage and strength.
  23. pechv
    pechv April 8 2013 17: 51 New
    +2
    I wish the Syrians victory. Squeeze the scumbags, they will run to ask for more money and weapons, they will begin to refuse - not feed the horse - they will be offended and deal with customers.
    Turkey has already lined up for a slap in the face. With any improvement in the situation, it will be first surrendered. Friends will quickly take out the Patriotic materiel and say: "Well, you, sort it out yourself." A highly desired scenario.

    And Assad is a rare smart girl. He is very dangerous for the West, he speaks too much and cleverly.
    It would be interesting to observe his conversation with the democratically elected ranger of Qatar.
  24. George
    George April 8 2013 22: 02 New
    +2
    Governments come and go, they do not stay forever. Therefore, we should not allow governments and officials, especially stupid and inexperienced officials, to undermine our relationship, which should be built by us, and not by foreign powers. This is my message to the Turkish people. I am glad to receive you today.

    The splendid speech of a self-righteous president who directly names those responsible for the massacre and strife.
    I hope the Turks get it.