|Syria: Bashar Assad values the US and its allies trying to rule the world|
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that his country and Russia were at war with the same enemy, the United States (US). He said the US controls terrorists and neo-Nazi groups. "Russia and Syria are fighting against the same enemy. Both terrorists and neo-Nazis are controlled by the same country: the US," Assad said, at a meeting with Dmitry Sablin, deputy chairman of the State Duma defense committee and delegation of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), according to SANA report. The Syrian leader views the West (US and its allies) as trying to rule the world.
"The main and biggest battle is being fought against the policy of hegemony, implemented by the West, which regards itself as the center and seeks to rule the world according to its interests," Assad was quoted as saying by Russian media, TASS. He called on "countries that defend their sovereignty" to build "strong relationships with one another to help strengthen their own positions and realize the interests of their people." Dmitry Sablin traveled to Syria as part of the State Duma delegation. According to a Fox News report, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on that occasion allegedly also called for recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) which broke away from Ukraine.
According to the Telegram channel for the DPR, Assad met with the DPR's Foreign Minister, Natalia Nikonorova, and expressed her support for Russia's war against the US and its NATO allies. "The president of the Syrian Arab Republic noted the country's readiness to recognize the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics," the DPR ministry said. The group claimed Assad announced "the official start of the recognition procedure and noted that the (Syrian Arab Republic) Foreign Ministry will soon receive relevant instructions from him." Fox News was unable to independently verify this House claim.
Assad is also said to have echoed Putin's claims that NATO poses a threat to Moscow. Syria is one of five countries, including Russia, that opposed a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
The Assad regime also voted against suspending Russia's membership on the UN Human Rights Council one month later in April. Russia has condemned the recent attack on Turkish security forces in northern Syria. Speaking to reporters in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan after the dialogue on Syria, Russia's envoy Alexander Lavrentyev alluded to attacks by "Kurdish groups".
He was referring to the YPG terrorist group, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK. Alluding to the possibility of Ankara's cross-border anti-terror operation in northern Syria, Lavrentyev voiced concern that such a move could trigger "separatist groups" in the region. He considered other solutions should be sought. AA reported that the PKK/YPG terrorist group frequently carried out attacks on Jarablus, Afrin, and Azaz from the Manbij and Tal Rifaat areas in Syria.
This terrorist group often targets the security areas of Turkish troops in the cross-border military operations unit Euphrates Shield, Operation Olive Branch, and Peace Spring. Since 2016, Ankara has launched anti-terror operations in northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and allow a peaceful settlement.
The three cross-border military operations are Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018), and Peace Spring (2019). In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people. The group is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU. The YPG is the PKK branch in Syria.