Assad Says Turkey Responsible for Syria Bloodshed: It's a Battle of Regional, International Wills
Syrian President Bashar Assad stressed on Monday that his country does not need the permission of any nation in the world to deal with its internal political issues, rejecting calling Syria's current events a revolution or a spring.
"These are battles of wills first and foremost,” Assad told Nasim Online news agency, adding that “the terrorist acts' aim is to destroy the country”.
Assad said: “What we are going through is a regional and an international battle, and saying the clashes will end within weeks is illogical”.
"We will come out victorious despite the complication of these tactic and strategic battles,” he expressed.
Assad commented on some regional countries' stances towards Syria's war: “Turkey is directly responsible for the bloodshed here”.
According to Assad, the Turkish people, however, were able to resist to “financial and media campaigns that tried to divert their viewpoints”.
"We are trying to build and preserve relations with the people not the governments, as these will not stay in power forever,” he explained.
The Syrian president added: “Some nations support Syria but are not able control the flow of weapons and logistic aid to terrorists”.
"There is a particularity to the battles in Homs as fighters there are constantly supplied with weapons,” Assad said, adding that another factor that makes clashes in this city standout is its proximity to Lebanon.
"The presence of the Syrian forces in the cities aim at protecting citizens and the nation,” he expressed.
Assad remarked: “The army is saving the country from external and internal plans, and its role conforms with the ideology and the policy of resistance that we have longed adopted”.
More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria's conflict since its eruption in March 2011, according to the United Nations, while the Observatory says it has documented more than 48,000 dead.
The conflict has sent some 600,000 people fleeing the country, most of them to neighboring countries, according to the U.N.