Medvedev: Russia is fighting in Syria not for the specific leaders, but for their national interests


MOSCOW, October 17. Russia is fighting in Syria not for the specific leaders, in particular President Bashar al-Assad, and for its national interests, said the Prime Minister. Who will head the SAR, will solve the Syrian people, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in interview to the leading program “Vesti on Saturday” Sergei Brilev.

“Of course, we are fighting not for the specific leaders, we defend our national interests, on the one side,” he said, Recalling the words of the Russian President, who said that if existing on the territory of Syria terrorists is not to destroy, they can then come to Russia. “And secondly, there is an appeal to legal authorities; here we proceed from this,” he said.

“No matter, by the way, who will rule (Syria),” – said Medvedev. “We don’t want at the head of the Syrian Republic became the ISIS? Right? But this should be civilized, legitimate authorities”, – said the head of the Russian Cabinet.

Medvedev gave a negative answer to the question, does it matter to Russia, that the authorities in Syria has left Assad. “No, it’s absolutely not so,” he said. “Who will be the head of Syria must determine the Syrian people,” – says Prime Minister. “It is a matter of choice of the people,” he added.

“At the moment we believe that the legitimate President is Assad,” – said the head of government of the Russian Federation.

The U.S. has achieved nothing in Syria; only Russia has changed the situation

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria have not achieved anything during his operation. To change the situation in terms of fighting against terrorists there was only with the beginning of operations of the Russian Armed forces, said the Prime Minister.

“After all it is clear that the result of their (US) activities in this region to combat ISIL is almost zero, ISIL continues to spread,” said the Russian Prime Minister. “Only Russia’s intervention changed the situation,” he said.

Medvedev recalled that when he was President, he paid a visit to Syria (may 2010 – approx.TASS). “By the way, I may be one of the few who in Syria was and saw how Syria was before the war,” he said.

“I want you to say it was a normal, fairly modern state. Peaceful state, where the monuments are not destroyed, where the economy was normal,” – said the head of the Russian Cabinet. “And now it is not known what happens; it’s the heaviest record of recent years,” he said.

Russia is open for dialogue

Medvedev said that Moscow makes the first step toward Washington and is open for dialogue on issues of fight against terrorism in Syria.

“We’ll see,” said the Prime Minister, answering the question whether in Moscow that Washington will change its skeptical attitude to contacts with Russia on this issue. “Let’s see what decisions they (USA) will take,” he added.

“In any case, I repeat: obviously, our country is in this sense makes the first step, and we are ready for dialogue,” – said Medvedev. “We are open to discuss any issues,” he said, Recalling that this was stated by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.