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    US President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric during the presidential campaign on terrorism and Russia was positive, it remains to be seen whether he can implement it, Syrian President Bashar Assad told the RT broadcaster.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – He also said that currently the US does not want to resolve the Syrian crisis, it just seeks to create chaos by announcing it was lifting its arms supplies ban.

    "His rhetoric during the campaign were positive regarding the terrorism, which is our priority today … But the question whether Trump have the will or the ability to implement what he just mentioned," Assad said.

    US President-elect Donald Trump may become an ally of Syria if he stays committed to his election pledges, Bashar Assad said.

    "During the election campaign, Trump made clear statements on the issue of combating terrorism and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries aimed at overthrowing governments, in which the United States has been involved for decades. It is a of course good thing. However, everything depends on the Trump's will to continue to move in this direction… If Trump is able to overcome all these obstacles and actually take measures against terrorism, I believe that he will become our natural ally."

    Assad added that in this case the United States could become Russia's ally as well.

    He stressed that outgoing US Administration was apparently trying to create maximum problems, while fearing real Moscow-Washington rapprochement under Trump.

    "The Obama Administration is leaving. Perhaps they fear a real rapprochement between Russia and the United States under the Trump's Administration. Therefore, the outgoing Administration is trying to create maximum problems to prevent rapprochement with Russia," Assad said.

    The Syrian president claimed that the Congress, mainstream media and lobbies were against Trump in the run-up to the elections, as they wanted to have "more hegemony, more conflict with Russia, more interference in different countries, toppling governments."

    "He said something in the other direction. Could he sustain against all those after he started next month? … If he could, I think the world will be in a different place, because the most important thing is the relation between Russia and the Unites States. If he goes towards that relation, most of the tension around the world will be pacified. That's very important for us in Syria," Assad added.


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