Syria strongly condemned the statement of the European Council on the extension of sanctions for an additional year on some Syrian institutions and individuals under the pretext of developing and using chemical weapons, affirming that it was based on hypocrisy and deception and it comes as a continuation of the campaign hostile to Syria.

Iran PressMiddle East: The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the statement issued by the European Council on Monday, November 12th,  extending the imposed sanctions for an additional year on some Syrian institutions and individuals under the pretext of the developing and using of chemical weapons,”  An official source at the foreign and expatriates ministry said in a statement to SANA on Wednesday.

The source added that the statement was based on hypocrisy and conception, and it is a continuation of the campaign hostile to Syria to which the European Council has resorted since the beginning of the terrorist war on Syria till now while using the Syrian chemical file as a pretext to continue their lies against Syria.

 “ Syria affirms that the statement indicates once again to the incredibility of the European Council and comes within the framework of the EU policies’ agreement with the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US with the aim of starving the Syrian people and undermining their resilience, and at the same time supporting armed terrorist groups, including their repeated using of chemical weapons against innocent civilians,” the source added.

The source concluded its statement by saying that Syria has repeatedly stressed that it considers the use of chemical weapons as an immoral act, and it condemns its use anywhere, under any circumstance and against anyone, and Syria does not possess any chemical weapons.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Russia's Reconciliation Center in Syria (Hamimim) affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense revealed on Wednesday that militants were planning to use poisonous substances to attack the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone in northern Syria.

The purpose of the attack was to accuse the Syrian army of using chemical weapons against civilians, the Russian Reconciliation Center said.


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