President: Syrians 'no longer afraid of NATO' after attack
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has praised Soviet air defense systems, which helped Damascus repel 71 Western missiles, according to Russian lawmakers.
Russian parliament members and other officials have shed light on the meeting with Bashar Assad, which came in the wake of the joint US-UK-French missile strike on Syria, RIA Novosti reported.
According to governor Komarov, during a meeting with Russian lawmakers, Assad slammed the Western strike on Syria as "aggression".
As the Russian State Duma lawmaker Sergei Zheleznyak stated, Damascus has praised Soviet arms made in the 1970s, which were used to repel the missile attack, carried out by the US and its allies.
"According to the President's [Assad's] point of view, this [the attack] was aggression and we share this position. He has highly appreciated Russian weapons, which showed supremacy over the arms of the aggressors," Zheleznyak said.
"Since 1990s we have seen in American movies that the Russian weaponry is backward. And now we see, whose's really backward," Assad was quoted as saying by a Russian MP.
Another MP, Sablin, said, citing Assad, that as Syrian air defenses had demonstrated their efficiency, the Arab Republic's citizens were "no longer afraid of NATO".
Assad stated that Syria would continue its independent development "despite the agenda, imposed by the West". Sablin said.
During the meeting, the issue of possible Russia's anti-missile systems' deliveries to Syria wasn't discussed.
Assad also stated that the US-UK-French attack has not only "consolidated the peoples of Russia and Syria, but all the nations, which are guided by the norms of international law", Sablin stated.
He said during a meeting with Russian lawmakers that the cooperation between Russia and Syria should resist the "aggressive policy of the West".
Following an overnight massive missile attack, launched by the US alongside France and the UK, the Syrian president stressed that the strikes came as the West realized that it had lost control of the situation in the Arab Republic. At the same time, the Syrian Foreign Ministry called the attack "brutal aggression".
While Assad was seen arriving at work on the morning after the attack, the Syrians have taken to the streets in Damascus and Aleppo in order to support the government and denounce the West's move.