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Syria: 'West is telling Russia we went too far in defeating terrorists' - Assad to RT *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*02:09

Syria: 'West is telling Russia we went too far in defeating terrorists' - Assad to RT *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
December 14, 2016 at 11:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that certain Western powers didn't want Syrian government forces to defeat terrorists in the country, while speaking exclusively to RT's journalist Maria Finoshina in Damascus on Tuesday.

"It is always important in politics to read between the lines, not to be literal. It does not matter what they ask. The translation of their statement is for Russia: 'Please, stop the advancement of the Syrian Army against the terrorists,'" Assad said.

He continued, "that is the meaning of their statement, forget about the rest: 'You went too far in defeating the terrorists; that should not happen. You should tell the Syrians to stop this. We have to keep the terrorists and to save them.'"

Assad also commented on the return of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to Palmyra, saying that "if it was captured by the government they would be worrying about the heritage."

"If we liberate Aleppo from the terrorists ... the Western officials and the mainstream media, they are going to be worrying about the civilians. They do not worry when the opposite happens, when the terrorists are killing those civilians or attacking Palmyra and started destroying the human heritage, not only the Syrian heritage."

Assad also said that Western countries wanted "to undermine the victory in Aleppo and at the same time to distract the Syrian Army from Aleppo to make it move toward Palmyra and stop the advancement. But, of course, it did not work."

Syria: 'West is telling Russia we went too far in defeating terrorists' - Assad to RT *EXCLUSIVE* *PARTNER CONTENT*02:09
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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated that certain Western powers didn't want Syrian government forces to defeat terrorists in the country, while speaking exclusively to RT's journalist Maria Finoshina in Damascus on Tuesday.

"It is always important in politics to read between the lines, not to be literal. It does not matter what they ask. The translation of their statement is for Russia: 'Please, stop the advancement of the Syrian Army against the terrorists,'" Assad said.

He continued, "that is the meaning of their statement, forget about the rest: 'You went too far in defeating the terrorists; that should not happen. You should tell the Syrians to stop this. We have to keep the terrorists and to save them.'"

Assad also commented on the return of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) to Palmyra, saying that "if it was captured by the government they would be worrying about the heritage."

"If we liberate Aleppo from the terrorists ... the Western officials and the mainstream media, they are going to be worrying about the civilians. They do not worry when the opposite happens, when the terrorists are killing those civilians or attacking Palmyra and started destroying the human heritage, not only the Syrian heritage."

Assad also said that Western countries wanted "to undermine the victory in Aleppo and at the same time to distract the Syrian Army from Aleppo to make it move toward Palmyra and stop the advancement. But, of course, it did not work."

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