Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pledged to fully deal with “Western plans” targeting the national unity and territorial integrity of his war-battered Arab country.
“Our war on terrorism will not cease as long as there is one terrorist left,” a post published on the Syrian presidency's Telegram account read.
It added, “We will continue to confront the Western scenarios that target the unity and sovereignty of our country.”
Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the United States and its allies have plans to “break up” Syria.
“The information that we receive from a wide variety of sources indicates that a narrow, non-inclusive group formed by the Americans on Syrian issues is developing plans for the collapse of the Syrian state,” Lavrov told reporters during a press briefing in Namibia on March 5.
The top Russian diplomat added that Moscow regrets the fact that not all Western countries are ready to behave “honestly” in regard to the current state of affairs in Syria.
The Russian foreign minister criticized the Western states' stance on the Syrian crisis and said that their actions on the ground are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401.
"The major clause of this resolution requires that all — I emphasize, all — the parties to the Syrian conflict agree on a ceasefire in order to provide at least a 30-day pause for delivery of humanitarian aid," Lavrov said, adding that Damascus is being pressured to stop its military operation despite the fact that it is targeting members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, who are not covered by the truce.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.