14:22 GMT21 October 2020
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    Assad claims that the incident with Turkey downing the Russian Su-24 plane will not affect the balance of forces in the fight against terrorism in Syria.

    PRAGUE (Sputnik) – The incident with Turkey downing the Russian Su-24 plane will not affect the balance of forces in the fight against terrorism in Syria, Syrian President Bashar Assad said.

    "I do not think that [the incident] would change the balance of forces. The counterterrorism war continues. The Russian support will be even stronger, and I do not think there is a way back," Assad told the Czech Television in an interview.

    The president also did not believe that the downing of the plane would affect the negotiations on the Syrian settlement.

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