Syrian Refugee Update: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Speaks Out About Refugee Crisis
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad finally spoke about the refugee crisis and pointed the blame at Europe for "supporting terrorists."
RT was also present at the Russian press interaction, and got the president's responses. Assad suggested that Europe was "not dealing with the cause"
"It is not about that Europe didn't accept them or embrace them as refugees, it's not about dealing with the cause. If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists. That's what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees."
The president conceded to the fact that all the Syrians were looking for was security and safety, and that political forces "should unite around what the Syrian people want."
"If we ask any Syrian today about what they want, the first thing they would say - 'We want security and safety for every person and every family,'" he said.
Assad went on to assert that until the violence didn't stop there was no way to take any concrete steps to fix the situation.
"If you want to implement anything real, it's impossible to do anything while you have people being killed, bloodletting hasn't stopped, people feel insecure," he said.
Meanwhile, Europe has been embattled by the mass influx of Syrian refugees and now even countries like Germany, which had been very forthcoming about taking refugees in, seemed to have exhausted their limits and are having to reinstate border control.