Syrian President Bashar Assad said his regime has been discussing a
series of projects that would link his country with the energy grids of
Iran, Russia and Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported.
Assad said this was part of a strategy to increase
energy independence and form a strategic alliance separate from the United
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"Syria, Iran, Turkey and Russia are countries working on forming a
linkage among them even practically through gas and oil pipelines, railways,
communication nets, electric power transfer systems," Assad told the Italian
daily La Repubblica on May 24.
Assad said the Syrian alliance with Iran, Russia and Turkey would create
a region that would be immune to U.S. influence. The president said the
alliance would dominate much of the Middle East and block outside