"US and Russian Federation were close to direct clash in Syria" - English

Assad also said the government had "started now opening doors for negotiations" with the SDF, a Kurdish dominated militia alliance that controls parts of northern and eastern Syria where USA forces are stationed. Colonel Sean Ryan, spokesman for the USA -led coalition, declined to specify how the body would react if government forces attacked the SDF.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that only Syrian government should have troops on the country's southern border, speaking in Moscow on Monday at a joint press conference with his Mozambican counterpart Jose Pacheco.

However, if talks fail to bring the area back under Damascus' authority, he warned that he would attack the region by force. They had not been replaced, he added. The Kurds style this region as semi-autonomous, though they never finished negotiating the details of that autonomy with the central government.

As for US President Donald Trump calling him "an animal", Assad said: "This is not my language, so I can not use similar language".

He says he has opened the door to negotiations with the Kurdish-run administration while also preparing to "liberate by force". In the city of Raqqa, once the capital of the Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate, demonstrations staged in recent days have called for the return of government control and have been suppressed by force, according to local news reports.

The U.S. -led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 was followed by an insurgency that lasted years.

Israel and Russian Federation have reached an unofficial agreement that Iranian and Hezbollah forces should be kept off from the border on the Golan Heights, Israel's Hadashot TV news reported on Monday.

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"They came to Iraq with no legal basis, and look what happened to them".

He also warned that the United States should learn the lesson of Iraq and remove its troops from Syria. Iraq is no exception, and Syria is no exception. "People don't accept foreigners in this region anymore".

Russian Federation has been supporting Assad, Syrian leader since 2000, militarily in his seven year-long civil war against rebels attempting to overthrow him. Israel is satisfied with Russia's position on Iran's military presence in Syria, Israeli Ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren said in an interview with TASS.

Israel wants Iran-backed forces removed from areas near its frontier - and from Syria in general.

On May 10, Israel launched a large-scale attack on what it said were Iranian-operated targets in Syria, raising fears of a major confrontation.

He said he was sorry that Liberman had not visited Russian Federation with Netanyahu to attend the May 9 Victory Parade and invited him to come to next year's parade. "We don't have any other options, with the Americans or without the Americans", he said in the text of an interview published by Syria's state news agency.

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