In a remarkable move that could change the future of a looming war between the US and Syria, the country’s president Bashar Assad acknowledged Thursday that Syria “is handing over its chemical weapons under international supervision.” The decision, he clarified, was not based on threats from the US, but was instead one made “because of Russia.” In recent days, Syria has at the same time agreed to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Assad also addressed the Obama administration in his comments, saying that “Terrorists are trying to provoke [an] American strike against Syria” and that those groups have obtained their own chemical weapons from various international sources.
The interview featuring Assad was recorded on Thursday. It will be aired at a later time.
Written by Chris Bacavis