Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of interfering in Syria’s affairs in favor of terrorists whenever the army makes gains, citing Washington’s missile attack on a Syrian military airbase earlier this month as an example.
Assad made the remarks in an address to a meeting of the central committee of Syria’s ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party in Damascus on Saturday, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported. He is the regional secretary of the party.
The Syrian head of state said that the April 7 US missile strike against Shayrat Airfield in Homs Province came after terrorists’ defeat in the west-central Hama Province and the army’s advance in the country’s north and east.
“Western states with the United States at their head interfere in favor of the terrorists whenever the Syrian Arab Army makes a significant advance,” Assad added.
The Saudi-inspired Wahhabi terrorism and countries hostile to Syria have used all their means in the war, he pointed out.
President Assad further stressed that the battle between Syria and extremist currents is not a new thing, but rather dates back to the 60s of the 20th century.
The Syrian war on terrorism would not stop as long as terrorists remain in the Arab country, he noted.
Syria will continue to confront Western scenarios seeking to undermine its unity and sovereignty and pursue a political path through participation in peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva and the Kazakh capital Astana, to stop the bloodshed gripping the Arab country, Assad concluded.
Washington claimed that Shayrat Airfield had been used to conduct what it said was a chemical attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib Province on April 4. Over 80 people were reportedly killed in the town due to the attack.
The West held Damascus responsible for the suspected gas attack, but Syria denied the accusation and stressed that the incident was a “fabrication” to justify the subsequent US missile strike on the airbase.
Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies that have long pushed for the ouster of the Damascus government.
Over the past few months, Syrian forces have made sweeping gains against Takfiri elements who have increased their acts of violence across the country following a series of defeats on the ground.
A senior Russian official says Moscow would not hesitate to supply the Damascus government with the air defense missile systems it needs to protect war-ravaged Syria against any future foreign military aggression once a bilateral agreement is struck.
“The necessary quantity [of air defense systems] can be supplied on a priority basis. It will not place an onerous burden on our defense industry,” Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the defense committee in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper house of parliament, told Sputnik news agency in an exclusive interview on Saturday.
He added, “There is nothing special about such deliveries [if the deal is reached] as Syria is at war with terrorists, and Russia helps it … fight terror.”
The Russian official further noted that the delivery of surface-to-air missile systems to the Syrian government was not in violation of UN Security Council resolutions as they were defensive not offensive in nature.
The remarks came a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus and Moscow were engaged in negotiations to put into operation more air defense systems inside Syria.
“Damascus has always been interested in the latest generation of military hardware, but that depends on the accessibility of the systems, Russia’s policies as the supplier and prices,” he said.
The Syrian president also warned of new allegations of chemical attacks in Syria similar to the claims made following the suspected chemical incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib Province on April 4, which reportedly killed over 80 people.
On April 7, the Pentagon said 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles had been fired from two warships in the Mediterranean Sea at Shayrat airfield in Syria’s central province of Homs.
US officials claimed that the alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun had been launched from the military site. Syria has vehemently dismissed the allegations of being behind the attack.
Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that at least nine people had been killed in the early morning strike on the Syrian airfield.
A Syrian Army source announced on Friday evening [21 April 2017] that the Israeli enemy’s warplanes fired two missiles at 18:45 from within occupied territory at a military position in the surroundings of Khan Arnabeh in Quneitra countryside, causing material damage.
The source said that this aggression came after an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate military positions in Quneitra countryside was foiled and the terrorists suffered heavy losses, which proves that Israel provides direct support to terrorist organizations.
The source affirmed that such desperate attempts will not dissuade the Army and Armed Forces from continuing to crush the terrorist groups that act as Israel’s proxy in the area.