Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says support from ally Russia has changed the balance in the conflict. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS Broadcasters: NO ACCESS CZECH REPUBLIC, MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY CZECH TELEVISION, NO ACCESS TURKEY, NO ACCESS RUSSIA Digital: NO ACCESS CZECH REPUBLIC, MUST ON SCREEN COURTESY CZECH TELEVISION, NO ACCESS TURKEY, NO ACCESS RUSSIA**~ In an interview with Czech Television, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Russia's entry into the war in Syria has changed the balance on the ground. He says the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey showed Ankara's dissatisfaction with developments on the ground in Syria, which he said had been moving in the government's favour. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SYRIAN PRESIDENT, BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SAYING: "I Think it [the plane incident] has shown the real intention of [Turkish President Tayyip] Erdogan, who, let's say, lost his nerve just because the Russian intervention has changed the balance on the ground. So, the failure of Erdogan in Syria, the failure of his terrorist groups, means his political demise. So he want to do anything in order to put obstacles in front of any success. So he did it but I don't think it's going to change any balance. The war against terrorism is continuing. The Russian support and participation is going to be stronger, it is stronger anyway and I think there is no way back in that regard, whether he do it again this way or another way." Russia is the main international supporter of Assad. It has been bombing insurgent positions in western Syria, shown in this video, which can not be independently verified, -- including areas held by Turkmen rebels supported by Ankara.