In a rare interview to foreign media aired on Sunday in Britain, Syria’s president accused the West of being responsible for the high death toll in the ongoing civil war in his country.


Assad Photo Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied the reports that Israel and Russia are coordinating efforts in his country and reaching understandings regarding the Iranian presence along the Syrian-Israeli border.

“Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that’s [a] contradiction; how could they help the Syrian Army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army?” Assad said during an interview released in Sunday’s edition of the UK’s Daily Mail.

The Syrian leader also explained that the civil war that has been raging in his country for several years will come to an end within a year before blaming the West for the high death toll. “When you talk about war, the natural and the self-evident result is death and blood everywhere, but the question is: who started this war, and who supported this war? The West,” he stated. “The West supported the war from the very beginning, and it supported the terrorists who started exploding everywhere and killing everywhere and everyone and beheading. The West supported Al Qaeda.”

Assad continued to slam the West by claiming that his army and its allies are fighting against terrorists who are supported by the world’s major powers. “We are fighting the terrorists and those terrorists are supported by the British Government, the French government, the American and their puppets,” he stated. “Syria is very independent in its political positions. We work for our national interests, we’re not a puppet state.”