Al-Assad: Russia will not allow World War III to begin in Syria

10.05.2018, Athens.

Russia will not allow a third world war, the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad said on May 10 in an interview to the Kathimerini Greek newspaper.

Answering a question about whether he fears that Syria could become an arena for the beginning of a third world war, the Syrian president said, “No, because the situation is under Russia’s wise control.” However, al-Assad noted that a sort of a world war is already underway in Syria, “which is different from both the first and the second ones.” “It is clearly bigger than a cold war, but smaller than a full-scale war,” the Syrian leader said.

The President of Syria expressed hope that the superpowers will be able to refrain from conflict.

Al-Assad also noted that he is not afraid of the influence upon his country that its allies, like Russia and Iran, exercise. “There would be no sense for these countries to help Syria defend its independence while interfering with its sovereign matters. Iran and Russia are the countries that respect Syria’s independence the most,” the President noted.

Recently, the USA and Israel have accused Iran of using its growing influence in Syria to strengthen its position in its confrontation with Israel. After a meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel will continue attacking Iranian military targets on Syrian territory.

Israel and Syria exchanged missile strikes last night.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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