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Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov [addressing those who are demanding President Bashar al-Assad to step down]: “President al-Assad believes in the right of Syrian people to self-determination and will not allow anyone to take this right away”.
“We will continue providing all the necessary assistance to Syria in its war against terrorism in parallel with launching a political process,”
added Lavrov, thanking the Syrian army for rescuing the Russian pilot whose aircraft was shot down by Turkey and for providing protection for the Russian embassy in Damascus.
“The Turkish leadership has crossed the line of what is acceptable”