Syrian President Bashar Assad said his country has no chemical weapons and has denied any allegations of its use in the Syrian city of Douma to the east of Damascus city center.
The Syrian leader gave an interview to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the first since the US, France and UK missile attack on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma.
“In the first place, we have not had a chemical arsenal since 2013, when we gave it to the international community.” The international organization for chemical weapons has made an investigation and it was clear, it was officially recorded that we do not have these weapons,” Assad said.
According to Assad, accusations against the Syrian government of using chemical weapons began when the country’s army virtually defeated the terrorists.
“It is a farce, it is a primitive game simply to attack the Syrian army… After the defeat of the terrorists, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and their allies, who want to destabilize Syria, have lost one of their assets. that is why they had to attack the Syrian army, to reinforce the morale of the terrorists and prevent the Syrian army from liberating other regions of Syria,” said the Syrian leader.
The United States, Britain and France launched on April 14 more than 100 missiles against Syrian targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus against civilians in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that occurred on April 7. Most of the projectiles launched were intercepted by the Syrian air defense system.
Both the Syrian government and Russia denied accusations of the alleged launching of a chlorine bomb by the Syrian army in Douma, claiming that the attack was staged by militants and the White Helmets organization to influence public opinion and justify a foreign intervention.