Syria's Assad denies Russia makes decisions for him

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					Russian President Vladimir Putin left shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al Assad

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Continuing, he said that his army will take back "every inch" of the country, claiming that he has the "support" of his people.

He said the involvement of foreign powers such as Britain, the United States and France was prolonging the conflict and had slowed down a resolution to the situation in rebel-held areas of southwestern Syria. The Syrian and Russian governments have charged the United States and UK-funded White Helmet group with staging a false-flag chemical attack in the city to prompt Western military intervention.

The Syrian conflict began with a popular uprising against the Assad family's decades-long rule.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech on Friday that his organization would not leave Syria "as long the Syrian government wants us there, even if all the nations of the world unite against us".

The leader also responded to allegations that Russian Federation has started coordinating with Israel in regards to strikes against targets in Syria.

In his interview, Assad denied Moscow had ever had prior knowledge of such strikes, despite close cooperation between Israel and Russian Federation.

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"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that's (a) contradiction", he said. "How could they help the Syrian army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army?" This is calculated at avoiding further Israeli air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, according to a report published on Saturday by the Wall Street Journal.

Israeli energy minister and cabinet member Yuval Steinitz recently appeared to threaten that his nation could kill Assad if necessary to stop Iran.

The head of Syria's regime, Bashar al-Assad, denied Moscow is running the show in his country, saying in an interview released Sunday his government operates independently of its Russian and Iranian allies. 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.

He added that numerous fighters from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan have obtained Syrian identity documents, while another military commander said these IDs belonged to men who died in combat during the past years.

"The whole approach toward Syria in the West is, 'we have to change this government; we have to demonize this president, because they don't suit our policies anymore.'" Assad said.

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