He denies that he sold out his country to Iran.

He talks about his dependency on support from Hizbollah.

But Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad refuses to admit that his regime uses poison gas, despite reports of several horrific attacks where children were killed.

- They are trying to demonize the President, al-Assad says to Expressen-reporter Kassem Hamadé.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad receives Expressen's Middle East correspondent Kassem Hamade in the guest palace al-Raoda in the capital Damascus.

Listen to the podcast of the whole interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Narrated by Patrik Almkvist.