Syrian president dismisses chemical weapons charges

Beijing, Aug. 26 (ANI): Western accusations that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons are "an insult to common sense," President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia published Monday.

"Such accusations are political, and the reason for this was the series of victories by government forces over the terrorists," he said in the interview, posted on the newspaper's website.

"We are accused that the army has used chemical weapons in an area that is under the control of the alleged gunmen," Assad said, stressing that in fact, there is no clear line between the army and rebel militants in this area, Xinhua reports.

"How can the government use chemical, or any other weapons of mass destruction, in a place where its troops are concentrated. This is contrary to elementary logic," Assad said.

As for some western countries' ongoing preparation for a possible response to the alleged use of chemical weapons, Assad said it was not the first time the issue of military incursion into Syria was brought up.

"From the very start of the crisis, the United States, France and Britain tried to carry out a military invasion, but unfortunately for them things took a different turn," he added.

Though tried hard to persuade other nations to stand on their side, they "failed to convince their people and the whole world that the policy they pursued in the Middle East was clever and useful," said the president.

The president also warned the United States of failure if it dares to invade Syria, "as in all previous wars waged by them, from Vietnam to the present day."

The United States "was not able to convince his multi-ethnic people in the righteousness of the war, as well as to instill their ideology to other countries," he said. (ANI)

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