Syria slams Borrell over accusations of using chemical weapons
The Ministry considers that Borrell's statements are specifically intended "to defame the reputation of the two countries for the benefit of the West’s colonial targets."
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic slammed on Thursday a statement issued by EU chief Josep Borrell in which he criticized Syria and Russia for not complying with Chemical Weapons Convention, SANA reported on Thursday.
According to a statement published by the Syrian Foreign Ministry, "Western states and representatives of the EU went too far in misleading the international community over the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and Russia."
The Ministry further said that Borrell's statements are specifically intended "to defame the reputation of the two countries for the benefit of the West’s colonial targets."
Some EU members and other western nations have themselves employed chemical weapons in several places across the world, the statement adds.
"Syria reaffirms that it will not use and has never used such weapons, which were however used by terrorist groups and western intelligence apparatuses… Syria also stresses it rejects the use of these weapons at any place and any time,” the Foreign Ministry concluded.
On November 30, EU chief Josep Borrell published a press release on the website of the EU Council, condemning the Syrian government over its alleged use of chemical weapons.
"The European Union reiterates its strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Arab Republic and its failure to respect its international obligations under the Convention, as substantiated through comprehensive and thorough investigations carried out by the United Nations and the OPCW," the EU statement said.