Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has accused the United States of not being serious about defeating ISIS.
He said Russian military support for his regime had ‘tipped the scales in his favour’ and he said he was confident he would reclaim the whole of his country ‘within months’.
Assad said President Vladimir Putin had not demanded anything of him but just wanted his regime to help defeat the ‘terrorists’.
Putin is due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Moscow later today and it is thought the future of Assad in Syria will be on the agenda.
But Assad denied they would be reaching a deal which would be ‘bad news’ for him and he said he had never been pressured to go by Putin.
‘Only the Syrian people define who’s going to be the president, when to come, and when to go. They (the Russians) never said a single word regarding this,’ he said in an interview with NBC.
Assad claimed the US did not have the same determination as the Russians to defeat ISIS.
‘They’re not serious,’ he told interviewer Bill Neely.
Assad said: ‘I cannot say I welcome the unseriousness of the illegal American airstrikes.’
He said there was a difference between the Russian airstrikes and the US-led airstrikes against ISIS.
Assad said the US and British airstrikes were illegal because they had not been invited by the Syrian government.
‘It is not a question of how many airstrikes. It is a question of achievement,’ said Assad.
He said the US-led airstrikes were actually ‘counter-productive’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Summers