Syria war: Assad denies claims about Russia dictating his army
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied that Syria's main military ally, Russia, is making decisions for him, saying it was natural to have differences of opinion between allies, Al Jazeera reports.
In an interview with British newspaper The Mail, carried in full by Syrian state news agency SANA on Sunday, Assad commented on claims about Moscow's control over Syria's diplomatic and military moves.
"They (the Russians) never, during our relation, try to dictate, even if there are differences," he said, according to SANA's transcript of the interview, given in English.
Assad stated that "it is natural to have differences between the different parties, whether within our government or other governments; Russia-Syria, Syria-Iran, Iran-Russia, and within these governments.
"That's very natural, but at the end, the only decision about what's going on in Syria and what's going to happen, it's a Syrian decision," he said.