Assad to RT: 'I'm not Western puppet - I have to live and die in Syria'
RT (Russia Today) Published: 08 November, 2012, 15:15
In an exclusive interview with RT, Syrian President Bashar Assad said he
will not leave Syria. Assad also spoke on the calls for armed foreign
intervention in Syria, and the possible fallout on the country’s internal
conflict and across the region.
“We are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and
coexistence, let’s say, it will have a domino effect that will affect the
world from the Atlantic to the Pacific and you know the implication on the
rest of the world,” Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told RT in an exclusive
interview that will air on Friday, November 9.
“I am not a puppet. I was not made by the West to go to the West or to any
other country,” he said. “I am Syrian, I was made in Syria, I have to live
in Syria and die in Syria,” Assad said during the interview.
Syria has been wracked by internal violence for the past 20 months. With the
government and opposition failing to reach an agreement on a ceasefire,
foreign nations are pressuring the Syrian president to step down, with some
even calling for armed intervention in the war-torn country.
“I do not think the West is going [to intervene], but if they do so, nobody
can tell what is next,” Assad said. “I think the price of this [foreign]
invasion if it happened is going to be more than the whole world can
According to a Turkish official, Ankara has officially requested that NATO
deploy Patriot missiles along the border with Syria, over fears that armed
conflict could spill across the border.
The armed conflict in Syria has turned increasingly violent in recent
months. Rebel forces have received significant financial, diplomatic and
organizational support from countries like the US and Western-allied nations
such as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
However, the opposition has yet to overcome infighting and form a united
government. The rebels’ Western allies have also become concerned by signs
that radical Islamists are gaining strength and influence within the
You can watch the Syrian president’s interview in full on Friday on RT.