Syrian President Bashar Assad slammed France for alleged “terrorist” support in his country, saying Paris is not independent and has “no weight and no credibility” in the face of Washington.
France has turned into “a kind of satellite for American foreign policy in the region,” Assad told France 2 TV channel, stressing that western tactics led to “terrorists infiltrating Syria.”
“They have begun to attack civilians and destroy properties. Our role is to defend our society,” he added, RT reported.
In the interview, Assad also denied having conducted alleged chemical attacks in the northwestern Idlib Province last month – and accused the US of “creating the Islamic State” under their supervision.
“Is it democratic to send weapons to terrorists and to support them? So I have the right to support the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo for example?” he added.
Assad also accused the US-led coalition of ineffectiveness. “If you compare the number of airstrikes carried out by the coalition composed of 60 states compared to those by our small state you will notice we sometimes strike 10 times more than the coalition in one day. Is that serious?” he said.
“It took them four months to free what their media calls the town of Kobane on the Turkish border. How can you say this coalition is effective? They are not serious and that is why they are not helping anyone in the region.”
Currently, Syrian and French intelligence are in touch, but there is no exchange of information, he also said.
Last week, Assad gave another interview to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, stating that Europe “cannot be safe” while “the backyard of Europe, especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in chaos and full of terrorists.”
“Everything that happened in Europe, and I mean terrorist attacks, we warned from the very beginning of the crisis,” he said.