Claiming that the rules of the games have changed, a political and media adviser to President Bashar Assad claimed Thursday that Syria was ready for war with international forces if hostilities were to break out.
We are not afraid of war and we will be prepared for it if it happens, Buthaina Shaaban told Lebanons Hezbollah-affiliated Al Mayadeen TV station.
Her statements came against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Syria and Russia on the one side and the US and possible its European allies on the other. Washington has threatened to punish Syria militarily for the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta over the weekend in which some 40 people died.
Syria, with Russias backing, has denied responsibility for what happened in the rebel enclave.
Shaaban said that Syria and Russia had made preparations for a US attack, and claimed the cards were now stacked in Damascuss favor, with the Syrian regime in a much better situation now that it had been in the past.
She charged that Israel was interested in prolonging Syrias civil war but that a Syrian government victory over the rebels would change the region and the world, and that Israel would be the biggest loser.
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