BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) – Syrian President Bashar Assad said the government’s military operation in the Eastern Ghouta district would continue, during an interview in Damascus on Sunday.
He noted that the established humanitarian corridor would still be functioning and civilians would be allowed to leave the militant-held area.
“There is no contradiction between the truce and acts of combat: the advance achieved yesterday and the day before in Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian Arab Army was achieved under this truce,” said Assad, referring to a daily humanitarian ceasefire called by Russia from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time (0700 GMT to 1200 GMT).
SOT, Bashar Assad, Syrian President (Arabic): “As for the issue of the humanitarian conditions the West has talked about on many levels from time to time, it is a lie, a very ridiculous lie, just as ridiculous as the Western officials who keep on repeating it, no one believes such talk. When did the West ever had any humanitarian history? During the days of the modern occupation? During the days of WWII? Millions were killed in Russia –the Soviet Union – they did not help them, they decided to land just when they saw that Russia would reap the results of war and thus they decided to interfere. In the Korean War during the 1950s or in the Iraq war recently, or in Syria? What does the Western Coalition do every day in Deir Ezzor, Raqqa, and Hasakeh? The daily massacres in February alone saw more than four massacres against civilians, thus talking about humanity has only one meaning, which is an idiom out of many idioms now filling the Western political dictionary, which is a dictionary of lies.”
SOT, Bashar Assad, Syrian President (Arabic): “As long as there are people – whom we think are in the majority — in Eastern Ghouta who want to get out of the custody of terrorists and to the state, there should be a truce that gives the opportunity for whoever, even if he is a single individual, to move from the terrorists’ area to the state-controlled areas. At the same time, there is no contradiction between the truce and acts of combat: the advance achieved yesterday and the day before in Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian Arab Army was achieved under this truce.”
SOT, Bashar Assad, Syrian President (Arabic): “The state announced earlier that the Turkish assaults and attempts at invasion are [examples of] aggression, there is no other label nor even a synonym for this word, it is exclusively aggression; nevertheless, it is more than the issue of Turkish aggression against Syria, it is an issue related to what Erdogan was seeking since the beginning of the crisis – he was seeking to create a buffer zone in order to form a starting point for the terrorists he supports to attack the Syrian army, the Syrian state, and the Syrian people […] Such manoeuvres indicate the hypocrisy of Erdogan.” *JUMP CUTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Bashar Assad, Syrian President (Arabic): “It is normal that public forces would enter, when there is a[n act of] foreign aggression it would be normal that all social strata would unify with all their affiliations while the Syrian Army is busy in combating the terrorists in other places. Otherwise; these are of the army’s tasks, normally speaking, but the current situation we are passing through imposes that there would be an army fighting, a public forces [unit] fighting, with coordination between both parts.”
M/S End of interview