Damascus  - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday rejected calls that he seek a safe exit, vowing he would “live and die in Syria”, in an interview with Russian Arabic-language channel Rusiya Al-Yaum. “I am not a puppet.... I am Syrian and I must live and die in Syria,” Assad told the channel according to transcripts published on its website.Assad also warned against a foreign intervention to deal with Syria’s escalating conflict, saying such a move would have “global consequences” and shake regional stability.He said Syria was the “last bastion of secularism, stability and co-existence in the region” and that an intervention would have a “domino effect” that would affect “the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.”