The Syrian Observer:
The impression emerges that Syrian regime head Assad still makes his own decisions from the recurring reports about this refusal to normalize his regime’s relationship with Turkey, his refusal to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Assad’s request to postpone the meeting. This inference that Assad is not controlled by Russia or Iran leads sources to question such stories published by the Reuters news agency, which themselves are based on quotations from unidentified sources.
What is the Truth about Bashar al-Assad Refusal to Meet Erdogan Before Turkish Elections? – The Syrian Observer