President Al-Assad: EU sanctions have failed to make the Syrians rise up against their government

DAMASCUS, (ST)- The sanctions that have been imposed on the Syrian people by western countries, including the EU states, have aimed at inciting the Syrians to rise up against their government, but they failed, President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed in an interview with RT International,  according to a video posted by the Syrian Presidency's facebook page.

The interview will be broadcast in full on Monday.

 Asked about what Syria did when the British government sent the royal navy to intercept an Iranian vessel claiming that the Iranian government was sending heating oil for Syria and about whether the sanctions from the European Union will hit the poorest people in Syria this winter, President Al-Assad said :"First of all this is piracy by the United Kingdom's regime and  second, yes, they wanted to affect the people in Syria, because those people were expected to rise against their government during the different stages of the war but they didn't. They were supposed to be supporting the terrorists, the moderate rebels, the angels of the White Helmets, but the people didn't."

  He added that what the Syrian people did is that they supported their government, "so they have to suffer, they have to pay the price for refusing to back the western agenda.

He pointed out that these sanctions this is maybe the last ditch attempt in order to push them to be against their government. But they tried it last winter and they tried it before and it didn't work, because the people knew the whole story and knew where their interest lies.

The RT published a small part of President Assad's interview in which he stressed that it’s hypocrisy for European nations to fear that Ankara will send refugees to Europe, but continue to sponsor terrorism in Syria.

He argued that the primary concern for Europe should not be the Syrian refugees which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now threatens to release to Europe, but the hundreds of thousands of terrorists Europe allied itself with.

Regarding the relationship between Europe and Turkey, President Al-Assad said "it  is love-hate relationship".

"Actually, the relation between Erdogan and the EU is two ways: they hate him but they want him," President Al-Assad said according to RT.

Hamda Mustafa