Syrian forces take their position against rebels in Aleppo
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Syrian president says army 'has balance of power'

30 May 2013 Last updated at 14:16 BST

The Syrian army has scored "major victories" against rebels and now holds "the balance of power" in the conflict, President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly told a Lebanese TV station.

Mr Assad is also quoted as saying Syria has received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system.

Russia vowed to go ahead with sending S-300 missiles earlier this week.

Jim Muir reports.