Interfax, January 26, 2014
by Alexei Pushkov, Russian lawmaker
MOSCOW. - Attempts to explain all of Syria's current problems by President Bashar al Assad's tenure hold no water and only reflect Washington's obsession with the idea of Syrian president's overthrow, chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said in remarks about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's speech at the Davos international economic forum on Friday.
"His speech suggests that the U.S. administration is absolutely obsessed with the idea of removing Assad from office. Kerry spoke exceedingly at length about Assad's desirable resignation and tried hard to convince all that if Assad leaves his post, all problems will be solved at one go. I think, this is pure propaganda, and I don't think this sounds convincing in any way," Pushkov said.
If the Syrian leadership is overthrown, Syria will "plunge into an abyss of absolute anarchy and chaos, because people wo are fighting against the current government, want to seize power, not to govern," he said.