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"The last trump for Erdogan is Aleppo"
Material posted: Publication date: 22-07-2016

Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Cuban journalists.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with the Cuban news Agency Prensa Latina said that the city of Aleppo, which is now fierce fighting, the "last trump" for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies — Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Also, the Syrian President said that his country no matter who wins the next presidential election in the United States.

"The Turks and their allies the Saudis and Qataris have spent most of their resources on the battlefields in Syria, so the last trump for them, especially for Erdogan remains of Aleppo, said the Bashar al— Assad to Cuban journalists.— That's why he tries so hard with the Saudis to send as many terrorists: their number is estimated at 5 thousand people",— concluded the President of Syria.

We will remind that now in Aleppo fighting continues, and the international Committee of the red cross (ICRC) describes the situation in the city is catastrophic. "Every day there are reports that dozens of civilians were killed, and an even greater number of people were injured from artillery, mortar and rocket fire. The attacks do not stop,"— said today the head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, Marianne Gesser. The strategic importance of the military conflict in Aleppo province, gives the proximity to the Turkish-Syrian border, through which the supply of militants, including banned in Russia grouping "Islamic state" (IG). The battle for control continues, the units of the Syrian army, the opposition, Islamic radicals, as well as the Kurds.

"In the last two months, Turkey has scores of militants in the direction of Aleppo that they recaptured the city, but this does not help,— said Bashar al-Assad.— In fact, our army makes the offensive in Aleppo province and the suburbs of its capital, to surround the terrorists. It is then possible to either negotiate for the return of radicals to a normal life within the framework of reconciliation or escape from terrorists or they lose. There are no other options,"— said the President of Syria.

In addition Mr al-Assad said that the solution to the Syrian crisis, the UN practically does not participate — instead, there is a Russian-American dialogue. "We know that the Russians are genuinely and diligently working to defeat the terrorists, while the Americans are playing their game, trying to use terrorists, not to defeat them",— noted he. The Syrian President added that his country no matter who wins the next presidential election in the United States. "The lesson we learned— no one should rely on any American President," he said.— All of them are going to war, the only difference is the method. Some send their armies, like George Bush, and others send their mercenaries and stooges like Barack Obama."

About the political process in Syria, Bashar al-Assad, in turn, said he supports "good relations with the opposition inside Syria." "Of course, they have their own political agenda and their views, but we can maintain dialogue, both directly and through the ballot boxes,— said the Syrian President.— However, they can not be compared with the opposition based outside Syria, because the word “opposition” means the peace process and not support terrorists and living abroad without submission of “initiatives from below”, emanating from the Syrian people. Otherwise, such a person is called a traitor," said Mr Assad.

Kirill Krivosheev


 

Source: http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3043716

Tags: Syria , Turkey


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