Syria President Bashar al- Assad denies Moscow running the show in Syria

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers that the West's arrogance makes dialogue impossible, State Duma (lower house of parliament) member Dmitry Sablin, who heads the Russian delegation, told reporters on the phone, TASS reported on Sunday.

Syria, a country that advocates the achievement of a definitive peace through dialogue between the parties involved in the conflict, has been mired in a bloody war since March 2011, when terrorist groups, supported by Western countries, are confronting government troops.

The newspaper reported that the concealing of identities stems from fears of additional Israeli attacks, and is an attempt to prevent Israel from targeting Iran-allied fighters in Syria. Russian Federation has provided crucial military support to Assad's forces, waging an air campaign since 2015 that turned the tide of the war in Assad's favor.

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that's contradiction; how could they help the Syrian Army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army", Assad said, stressing that both Russian Federation and Iran's presence in his country is legitimate.

The leader also responded to allegations that Russian Federation has started coordinating with Israel in regards to strikes against targets in Syria.

"Russia never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily, and that's [a] contradiction", he said. The Syrian government refers to all groups opposed to its rule as terrorists. "How could they help the Syrian army advancing and at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army?"

"We are fighting them, and we have public support in Syria to fight those terrorists. We can not make these advances just because we have Russian and Iranian support". Some areas in the north are controlled by the Turkish military and its Syrian allies and others in the northeast are run by USA -backed Syrian forces.

As a result of the fight against the radical bands, the army of this Arab country controls more than 80 percent of the national territory, at the same time that it applies the policy of reconciliation in the zones in conflict to achieve the return of the displaced.

On Sunday, airstrikes killed at least nine people in the town of Taftanaz and another two people in nearby towns in the northern Idlib province, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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