Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview, assessed U.S. leader Donald Trump’s plans to eliminate him, saying that the killings have been a method of US work for decades.
According to him, there is nothing new in the U.S. president’s announcement that he is considering an option to eliminate it. Assad said Washington has been doing this for decades in every corner of the world.
The Syrian president added that such plans have always existed for various reasons, so in the conflict in Syria, the Americans should expect something similar.
“They have occupied our land, they support terrorists. It is quite expected. Even if we do not have such information, it should be obvious,” Bashar al-Assad said.
He also noted that the U.S. will not deter anything from committing “such cruel acts and attacks”. If there is no balance in international relations, in which Washington will not be able to avoid responsibility for the crimes committed.
On September 15 in an interview with Fox News Trump said that he had advocated several years ago to organize an operation to liquidate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but refused to do so because James Mattis, who was then head of the Pentagon, was against such a plan.
On August 20, Washington imposed sanctions against six Syrian citizens from the close circle of President Bashar al-Assad.
On July 29 it was also reported that the US Ministry of finance expanded the sanctions list against Syria by adding four persons and 10 organizations. The sanctions were imposed on the son of Assad Hafez and also targeted a unit of the first division of the Syrian army.
On July 1, Russian president Vladimir Putin stated that American sanctions against Syria were illegal. According to the Russian leader, the restrictions only add problems and undermine the economy of that country.
In his turn, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov noted negative consequences of illegitimate economic sanctions against Syria by the USA and European Union that persist despite UN call to soften unilateral restrictions in conditions of coronavirus pandemic.