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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad: 'I will not flee my country'

8 November 2012 Last updated at 14:02 GMT

Syrian president Bashar-al Assad has told Russian television that his country is an important buffer between the west and more extreme Islamic nations.

Mr Assad, whose country is in the midst of a violent civil war, told Russia Today that he was a Syrian who would not flee the country.

Clip courtesy Russia Today TV