(MOSCOW) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not going anywhere.
In an interview with Russia Today to be broadcast on Friday, he told the TV network, “I’m not puppet, I wasn’t made by the West to go to the West or any other country. I’m Syrian, I’m made in Syria and I have to live in Syria and die in Syria.”
Al-Assad also warned that foreign intervention in the country’s 20-month conflict, which has left more than 30,000 dead, would have a huge “domino effect.”
“I think the price of this invasion, if it is happening, is going to be more than the whole world can afford, because if you have problem in Syria, and we are the last stronghold of secularism and stability in the region and co-existence, it will have domino effect that affects the world, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And you know the implication on the rest of the world. I don’t think the West is going in that regard. But if they do so, nobody can tell what’s next,” he said.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN