MOSCOW, October 28. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gives the impression of a very strong man, matured and grown up during the war in his country, confident in victory and able to lead people. This was told Russian parliamentarians who had just visited Damascus on a humanitarian mission, following the meeting with the Syrian leader on October 25.
“The first time I met with Assad in 2014, it was soft. But, when I (then) asked him, whether he will go to the polls, I felt the hardness in him, he said, “I will share the fate of his people,” – said the member of the Federation Council Dmitry Sablin. In his words, “it was the determination to die in Damascus, but will never leave”.
“In war, people grow up very quickly, especially in four-and-a-half years of the war, – continued the Russian politician. – And especially the President, who is responsible for his people”.
According to Sablin, Assad since the last communication with him, “of course, add strength, it is felt that she is right”. “He clearly analyzes the entire situation, understands who the enemies are, and he has a clear confidence in victory”, he added.
“I caught myself thinking that I would have followed it because they feel that believe everything he says”, – said the Senator.
For his part, the Deputy of the state Duma Sergey Gavrilov said that President Assad “has changed the mood, obviously, in light of the known events after 30 September (since the beginning of operation of the Russian HQs in Syria)”. “He’s never been terribly set up, but a year ago he was more focused, then there was the question of the realization or non-realization of the Geneva agreements,” the MP reminded.
This time, according to Gavrilova, Assad was “definitely more optimistic, we joked a lot, told jokes”. “He quite frankly spoke about his attitude to Christianity,” he said. “He was very inspired by a meeting with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It is with great sympathy perceives Putin,” he said.
The delegation of the Russian parliamentarians from 23 to 28 October visited Syria on a humanitarian mission. The delegation included the Federation Council member Dmitry Sablin, state Duma deputies from the Communist party Alexander Yushchenko and Sergei Gavrilov. During the visit the parliamentarians had meetings with colleagues from the Syrian Parliament, head of government of the country by Wael al-Khalq and President Bashar al-Assad. The delegation was taken to ATS about three tons of humanitarian aid for children.