The battle between Russia and Ukraine will form the world order, the Syrian president informed RT
Syrian President Bashar Assad informed RT that Damascus is backing Russia’s army operation in Ukraine each out of loyalty and dedication to an “worldwide equilibrium.” Assad, whose nation has weathered sanctions and intervention, accused the USA of utilizing the greenback to commit “theft” on a worldwide scale.
Inside hours of Russia launching its offensive on Ukraine in February, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a name from Assad, throughout which the Syrian chief “harassed that Syria stands with the Russian Federation, based mostly on its conviction of the correctness of its place,” in accordance with a readout of the decision from Damascus.
“We will view Russia from two views,” Assad informed RT on the weekend. “The primary is that of an ally: If our ally triumphs within the battle, or if their political place is strengthened… then this can be a win for us as effectively.
“From a second perspective, Russia’s energy at the moment constitutes a restoration, albeit partial, of a world equilibrium. This rebalance that we’re witnessing will affect smaller nations, together with Syria,” he continued.
Assad has been a staunch ally of Putin since 2015, when Russia launched a army marketing campaign in Syria that helped defeat Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) and the gathering of militias and Western-backed terrorist teams opposing Assad’s authorities.
To the Syrian president, Russia’s present wrestle with the West – described by Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov as a “warfare by proxy” – predates the First World Conflict, and can proceed so long as the US greenback stays the world’s reserve forex.
“If the greenback continues to control the world economic system, nothing will change, whatever the outcomes of the warfare [in Ukraine],” he defined. “Utilizing the greenback is just not blackmail, it’s theft,” he continued, claiming that the Nixon administration’s resolution to decouple the greenback’s worth from that of gold within the Seventies made it “a nugatory piece of paper.”
“The US nonetheless continues to commerce all over the world utilizing this nugatory piece of paper. That is theft, and it applies to the entire world,” he stated.
“So long as the greenback is a worldwide forex and continues to be settled by way of US banks or what is named the American Federal Reserve, you’re underneath the authority of this greenback; and due to this fact your future as a state, a rustic or society, as an economic system is underneath the mercy of the USA,” he declared.
But amid the rise of China and Russia, the steadiness of energy is shifting away from the US, Assad claimed.
“Sure, we’re underneath sanctions, however a lot of our primary wants aren’t purchased from Western nations, we’ve got severed our relationships with them,” he stated. “Each nation can now safe its primary livelihood and development necessities with out American permission.”
Since Russia grew to become the most-sanctioned nation on this planet, commerce between Moscow and people capitals refusing to hitch the West’s sanctions regime has flourished. Ruble-yuan commerce has soared over 1,000% previously three months, whereas Russian oil exports to India have elevated by 25 occasions between Could 2021 and Could 2022. Nevertheless, in Syria, which stays the world’s third-most-sanctioned nation, financial penalties proceed to chunk.
Whereas Syria nonetheless has the means to supply its residents with free however restricted healthcare, schooling and subsidies, Assad’s authorities is struggling to rein in corruption and the Syrian chief informed RT that after greater than a decade of civil warfare, full-scale reconstruction requires funding.
“There are corporations from numerous Arab states which have expressed a want to participate,” he acknowledged. “If we take into consideration the acute stress utilized by the West by way of sanctions on any firm that may spend money on Syria, we acknowledge that the method can be gradual and dangerous for a lot of of them. However, there are these which can be making ready to spend money on Syria in methods which circumvent the sanctions.”
Alongside the gradual strategy of rebuilding, Assad visited the United Arab Emirates in March, marking his first journey to an Arab nation since Syria was suspended from the Arab League in 2011. Whereas the media described his go to as a “return” to the diplomatic enviornment, Assad disagrees.
“I don’t know… what the phrase return means, as a result of we by no means left,” he stated. “Syria has remained as a substitute, with the identical positions and the identical situations, coping with them in its personal method. Even [the Arab states] that withdrew their diplomatic missions maintained the connection and saved constructive emotions in the direction of Syria regardless of not with the ability to do something.”
Transferring into the longer term, Assad stated that Syria will finally reclaim its oil sources – presently held by Kurdish militias with the backing of the US – by way of “fashionable resistance,” and that Damascus “is not going to hesitate” to defend Syria’s territorial integrity amid Turkish threats to enter the nation and create a “safety zone” alongside the Turkey-Syria border.
Diplomatically, Assad stated Syria will speak with any of its Arab neighbors, and can preserve its shut relationship with Iran, no matter exterior stress. “Syria’s relations with any nation aren’t topic to dialogue with anybody,” he acknowledged. “Nobody decides for Syria with whom it could and can’t have relations.”