Syria's President Bashar al-Assad blames the European nations for the current problem of an influx of illegal migrants, as the countries support extremists in Syria.
"It is Europe to bear the responsibility, as it has been supporting and harboring terrorism. Europe calls terrorists 'moderate' and divides them into groups. All of them are extremists," he said in an interview with Russian media on Sept. 15 when asked a question of whether Europe was to blame for the current situation with Syrian migrants.
The Syrian president said that "today, Europe is trying to picture this matter, as though its fault was that it had not assigned funds or could not maintain control over its immigration, causing the refugees' drowning while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea."
"We are grieving all innocent victims, but is the life of somebody drowned more valuable than the life of someone who died in Syria? Why is it more valuable than the life of an innocent person beheaded by terrorists? How can we bewail the death of a child in the sea and not notice deaths of thousands children, elderly people, men and women who have become terrorists' victims in Syria?" al-Assad said.
"These shameful double standards of the Europeans are not acceptable anymore and seen by everyone. It defies any logic explanation being sorry for one kind of victims and neglecting others. There is no principal difference between them," he said.
Al-Assad also said that "every person fleeing Syria is - with no shadow of a doubt - a loss for the motherland, whatever his or her views or capabilities."
"None of this, of course, concerns terrorists," he added.
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