“The Russian military role in Syria – particularly the role of military bases [on the Syrian soil] – can be viewed from two perspectives; the first is fighting terrorism, which we call international terrorism,” President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russia’s Zvezda television channel on Sunday, according to a transcript provided by the official Syrian Arab News Agency. “This will end one day or at least it will be weakened as a result of the continuing battles to eliminate it,” he noted.
“So, what comes after this terrorism? The other perspective is related to the role of Russia in the world. Today, we live in an international jungle; we do not live under international law,” Assad said. The current disorderly global situation, he said, had been caused by a lack of adherence to international law for around a quarter of a century.
“International balance requires a Russian role: politically – in international organizations, and militarily – through military bases,” the Syrian head of state said.
The remarks came on the fifth anniversary of Russia’s military intervention in Syria that began at Damascus’ request as the Arab country was overwhelmed by foreign-backed violence.