President Assad accused the three Western powers of using the White Helmets group to give them a pretext to attack Syria, told The Mail on Sunday.
“The UK publically supported the White Helmets that are a branch of al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, in different areas of Syria. They [Britain] spent a lot of money, and we consider the White Helmets to be a PR stunt by the UK. So yes, definitely, it was staged by these three countries together, and the UK is involved,” Assad said.
— Syrian Presidency (@Presidency_Sy) June 9, 2018
Commenting on Prime Minister Theresa May’s statements that Britain’s participation in the attack on Syria was permitted under international law and aimed at alleviating suffering, Assad said that by her logic, “when Britain and the US attacked Iraq illegally in 2003, killed millions, caused mass destruction, let alone the number of widows and amputees… any government has the right to attack the UK or the US if it thought the act was justified, legal and allowed under international law to alleviate human suffering.”