Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russia Demands Only Syrian Military to Remain Stationed On South Western Border

Russia Demands Only Syrian Military to Remain Stationed On South Western Border

Syria's Bashar Assad has vowed to retake territories held by the PKK-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is backed by the USA, through force if diplomatic options failed.

"This is the first option". It is true that the USA has a huge military and naval presence in the Mediterranean and the Gulf, but America's beefed-up presence in Syria, where the real battle for dominance between adversarial powers in the region is taking place, is central. "This is our land and this is our right to liberate it". If negotiations do not work, then the regime will resort to force to make the Americans leave.

"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them".

In the interview with Russia Today, the controversial Syrian leader said USA officials have "lost its cards" and should learn the same lesson Iraq did. Iraq is no exception.

Turkey also says the US should drop its support to the SDF, which is mainly established by the People's Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian arm of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to Ankara.

Sixth, since the advent of the Obama administration and now under Trump, the United States by its own inconsequential involvement has sent a clear signal that it has no geostrategic or security interest to be deeply involved in Syria's civil war.

The U.S. joined the United Kingdom and France in airstrikes against Syria last month, following a reported chemical attack on civilians.

In a tweet the U.S. leader condemned a "mindless chemical attack" in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Damascus government. Assad told the interviewer he had no nickname for Trump because "This is not my language, so, I can not use similar language".

Meanwhile, Lieberman said in a tweet that Israeli forces were focusing on preventing the establishment of military presence in Syria by "Iran and its proxies". Syria's air defenses were much stronger than before, thanks to Russian Federation, he added.

"I think there is a very known principle, that what you say is what you are".

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received Assad's main backer Russian President Vladimir Putin's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, yesterday, at the presidential complex in Ankara.

According to Elaph, the two sides agreed at the meeting that Hezbollah and other Shia militias would refrain from taking part in any future conflict between Syria's Assad regime and opposition forces near the Jordan-Syria border.

In an interview with Russia Today, Assad said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish dominated militia alliance that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where USA forces are stationed.

"We need the Russian support, but we need at the same time to avoid the American foolishness in order to be able to stabilise our country".

He said that Syria's air defenses were now much stronger than before thanks to Russian Federation.

Assad said Israeli strikes destroyed a "big part" of Syrian air defenses, but added they have been rebuilt, "stronger than before, thanks to Russian support".

Meanwhile, in another report published on Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post said that Israel is pointing a finger at Iran for engineering "the most serious escalation on its southern front in four years".

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