"We do not believe that US policy will change in the near future. It [negotiations with Washington] is a waste of time," the Syrian president said in an interview with the Russian NTV channel.
Assad explained that US presidents are hostages to lobbyists' interests.
"They [US leaders] can tell you what you want to hear, but they will do the opposite. This is the whole point. And it's getting worse and worse. Trump is a very clear example of this. So talking with Americans now, discussing something with them — for nothing, without any results — is just a waste of time," Assad stated.
Assad has repeatedly blamed Western countries for attempts to oust his government. His claims are connected to a prior narrative adopted by EU and US leaders, which had alleged that he had committed crimes against the Syrian people and called for his resignation. However, more recently, they have changed their stance, now that the country has been almost completely liberated from the terrorists.