Syrian President Bashar Assad slammed the western, especially the European, policy towards Syria, stressing that these countries have been supporting terrorism and that their embargo is complimentary with the destruction of the war-torn country.
In a meeting with European media outlets, President Assad asserted that he priority of the Syrian people now is to fight terrorism.
“It’s a luxury now to talk about politics while you’re going to be killed maybe in a few minutes, you have terrorist attacks. So, this is the priority, getting rid of the extremists, the political reconciliation in the different areas, this is another priority. When you achieve these two, you can talk about every discussion you want to regarding any issue,” the Syrian leader said, according to SANA news agency.
President Assad stressed that Iran and Russia have a positive role in the Syrian crisis, noting that both countries have fought terrorism, taking into consideration the sovereignty of the Syrian government, unlike the western countries.
“If you want to talk about the European role, or the Western role, because it’s been led by the Americans, the only role is to support the terrorists until the moment. They didn’t support any political process, they only talk about political process, but there’s no real commitment to any political action till that moment. While if you talk about the role of Iran, it’s completely different. They support Syria in fighting terrorists, they support Syria politically, in the regional and international political arenas,” Assad said.
“Let’s talk about the reality, about the facts; since the Russians started their raids against ISIL in cooperation with the Syrian Army – of course after we asked them to support us in our fight against the terrorists – ISIL has been shrinking.”
Russia’s “policy and relation with Syria are based on two things: first of all, the sovereignty of Syria, which is part of the Charter of the United Nations, and the sovereignty of any country. The second one is on morals, based on morals, that’s why there’s no colonization, there’s relation that goes back to more than six decades between Syria and Russia, and it has always been like that in different circumstances.”
Asked if he would be out of the power in order to get the peace in Syria, President Assad stressed that only Syrians decide this issue.
“Talking about the president should go or come, for me personally, I only listen to the Syrian people, I don’t care what the UN say, or any other official outside Syria would say about that.”
On the other hand, Assad blamed European countries for the killings taking place in Syria by saying: “I think, when you talk about these refugees and killing, when you started your questions, we should know that part of those killings was by the hand of the Europeans, not directly, but through supporting the terrorists from the beginning, and still calling them till that moment ‘moderate,’ and they know that this is an illusion, there are no moderate militants in Syria, all of them are extremists.”
“Regarding the refugees that you just mentioned, especially to Europe where you belong, not all the people left because of the terrorist attacks or the destruction, many of them left because of the embargo, so actually the embargo of the West and Europe is complimentary with the destruction and killing attacks of the terrorists in pushing those people to leave their country to other places, like Europe.”