MINSK Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in an interview with Belarusian TV Channel ONT aired on Thursday, said he will not back down from fighting his enemies.
He pledged to defend de-escalation zones, brokered by Russia, and crush, with the support of Iran and Hezbollah, those who will try to breach them.
Assad also told the TV channel that the de-escalation zones give chance for insurgents to hand over weapons, and for "reconciliation" with government. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Additional reporting by John Davison in Beirut; Editing by Alison Williams)
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Updated Date: May 12, 2017 00:30 AM