Syria’s favorite President Bashar Assad was interviewed by Sputnik after his summit with Putin. Assad stressed that modern conflicts between rival powers are waged as proxy wars, citing Kiev’s army of Nazis and Western-backed jihadists in Syria.

The Syrian leader believes only a coalition of countries led by Russia and China can topple the US hegemony and its soldiers of fortune trying to seek havoc around the world.

Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Wednesday in the Kremlin to discuss economic and political cooperation. Sputnik was the first international news agency to interview the Syrian leader, immediately after the talks.

In past years, in the years of the war in Syria, meetings with President Putin always touched upon important issues. We can say that all the visits were important, but this visit was particularly important in two respects.

The first is political: this was my first meeting with President Putin since the start of the war in Ukraine, and possibly since the end of the Corona-virus-related crisis.

Because the Corona-virus and the war in Ukraine have affected the global situation. Now we see that the alliances and alignments in the world have changed.

It was necessary to discuss and analyze this situation to develop a joint Syrian-Russian vision, through which we will determine how we will interact at the next stage.

On the other hand, joint Russian-Syrian commissions have held meetings several times, but their results have not been what we had been striving for. There is also trade exchange and development, but that is still weak.

This time, the meeting of the joint commission was different. It in particular focused on investment projects, as well as on the agreement that will be signed.

It concerns 40 specific investment projects in energy, electricity, oil, transport, housing, industry-related areas and many other spheres, but with well-defined projects. Mechanisms for the control and successful implementation of these projects were added to them.

This is the economic aspect, and this is a new stage in relations. The delegation that went to Russia was large, because work on this deal lasted not months, but years, but intensive work has been carried out in recent months.

The second aspect is global transformations, but in the settlement, we are primarily concerned about the Turkish issue and talks with the Turkish side, taking into account that it is a party to the war in Syria, where its forces are present occupying territory.

But there is another aspect to earthquake support. It concerns rebuilding and returning displaced people to their homes.

We need to put in place the mechanisms and agencies in Syria for reconstruction before asking for help from any other side on this vital issue in the next phase, and that is what we are working on.

At the core, we are asking countries to participate with us in the process of reconstruction and the return of temporarily displaced people to their homes or other places of residence.

When the Russian Federation wins this war, as most Syrians wish, a new world, a safer and more peaceful world will emerge. This is the real perception of Syrians of this war.

I believe that World War III is underway but it differs in its form. What I mean is that world wars used to be conventional in the past. The armies of several states were fighting against each other.

This is also true when it comes to the current situation, but because of modern weaponry, especially nuclear, it is different from conventional war. That’s why wars are now moving toward becoming proxy wars.

That’s why Zelensky is now fighting a war on behalf of the West, using, of course, its army of Nazis. The same goes for terrorists, they are the armies operating on behalf of the West in Syria and other regions.

Syria has had direct encounters with terrorist groups near the al-Tanf area, and of course, we know from these encounters and from detainees where they came from. Al-Tanf represents an entire terrorist camp, and it has no other goal.

What does the USA get out of its presence in this area in the heart of the desert? No doubt that they have camps for terrorists that house tens of thousands with their families.

From time to time, they send these people to carry out terrorist attacks against the Syrian Army to disperse the units in different directions. We are sure of this, the evidence is actually there.

Superpowers today cannot defend themselves or play their role by staying within their own borders, they must go beyond them through regional allies around the world or through bases.

We believe that if Russia has a desire to expand its bases or increase their number, then this is a matter of a technical or logistical nature. If there is such a desire, then we believe that the expansion of the Russian presence in Syria is good, it will serve this idea.

Just like if this expansion happens in other countries, perhaps in other regions, it will serve the same idea. And, yes, we are saying that this is something that may be needed in the future.

The difference is in the quality of weapons, but the principle is the same. Of course, if you are to build [military] bases, the goal is not to make these bases weak militarily.

The bases are supposed to be capable of having a deterrent or counterbalancing effect, these must be armed with the best weapons, it is natural and logical.

Whether it would be hyper-sonic missiles or any other more advanced weapons now and in the future, the principle is, of course, the same.

Sometimes we lose hope that any meaningful results will be achieved, but we cannot lose a single chance without trying to seize that opportunity. After all, this very possibility, in spite of the very slender hope, can become the very solution.

This is what Russia, together with Syria, is working on, making attempts along with other attempts that you are familiar with; there are negotiations in Geneva, in Astana, and other cities. All these negotiations have one aim – to restore stability in Syria.

With regards to Turkiye is clearly and unambiguously ready for the full withdrawal of the Turkish military from the territory of Syria, for the cessation of supporting terrorism and restoration of the situation to the state it was before the start of the war in Syria.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point WW III Blog News 2023.

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18-03-23 21:36

Long live the Syrian President and his valorous allies. He never left his country during the foreign-imposed war in 2011. Russia saved Syria, nobody else. Certainly not the big mouth.

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18-03-23 23:23

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Elza Tate
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18-03-23 21:37

The world needs more leaders like Bashar al-Asssad. Of course in his country is is very popular among all kinds of religions. Time after time he wins the elections in Syria.

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18-03-23 23:24

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