Syrian President Bashar Assad has told a Russian television station that he thinks it would be pointless to have talks with the United States.
Fragments of the interview with the NTV station appeared on a messaging app site of Assad's office, Russian state news agency Tass reported Friday.
In it, Assad said "Negotiations with the US now will not lead to anything, it's an empty waste of time. We are not going to talk to Americans just because they are Americans."
"We are ready to talk to anyone with whom we can achieve results, but we consider that US policy will not change in the future," he was quoted as saying.