Stressing that it was up to the Syrian people to choose their country's president, he called on the backers of the terrorist groups to give up their “selfish moves and short-term benefits that they pursue at the expense of the Syrian people,” and let the restoration of peace and reconciliation happen in Syria, Iran’s Fars news agency reported on Monday.
Meanwhile, a senior Syrian lawmaker dismissed Western media reports about the presence of Russian troops in Syria as part of the psychological warfare to weaken the morale of the Arab country's soldiers.
"Everyone in Syria, even the military men, is astounded by the false and baseless news on the presence of Russian troops in their country," Jamal Rabe'a told FNA on Monday.
Last week, a Syrian military source denied the arrival of the Russian Air Force in the provincial capital of the Lattakia Governorate, despite numerous reports from Israeli and Syrian opposition media outlets.
Last month, Russia agreed to boost its military aid by providing satellite imagery to the Syrian armed forces, while also increasing the level of military intelligence it shares with Syria’s central military command.