Assad: Russia is the only defender of Christianity that one can count on

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Valeurs Actuelles, November 14, 2015

Translated from French by Tom Winter

Valeurs actuelles, Yves de Kerdrel, is currently in Damascus, Syria, where he was able to meet Bashar al-Assad, who granted him an exclusive interview following on the attacks that have struck France. 

: How do you react to the terrorist attacks that have struck France tonight?

: What has happened is terrible. France will not be able to fight against terrorism as long as it is allied with Qatar, or with Saudi Arabia.

 : The question of your departure, demanded by certain ones, is it still relevant?

 The question of my departure is not posed except in international conferences. The question of my departure depends uniquely on the will of the people and parliament of Syria. Those who want to destroy Syria want most of all to destroy the last secular state in the region. Secular is our identity. It is essential for the Near East.

: Turkey plays a troubled role in the war which you are conducting against terrorism.

 It’s mostly the West that is blind to what’s going on in Turkey. The Turks support Al-Nusra and Daesh, and they are sending you migrants by the million. You might rather ask after Erdogan’s ulterior motives. When I look at the state of the world I understand that Vladimir Putin is the only defender of Christian civilization one can count on.

…More of the interview in the coming hours…

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