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EU lacks independence, despises positive developments in Syria: Foreign Ministry source

The file photo shows Syria's Foreign and Expatriates Ministry building.

Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has censured the European Union’s lack of independence and its insistence on repeating lies about positive developments in the war-ravaged country, saying the bloc and the United States bear full responsibility for the suffering of the Syrians as a result of unilateral coercive measures.

“The European Union insists once again on repeating lies about the situation in Syria and that is completely disconnected from reality,” an official source at the ministry said in a statement on Friday, Syria's official news agency SANA reported.

The source said the EU despises the positive developments in Syria, particularly the great achievements made by the country in the fight against terrorism, the promotion of stability and national reconciliation, and the settlement of the legal status of many citizens through amnesty decrees. “The EU remains a prisoner of the past due to its blind dependence on US policy, the loss of independence of its decision and its full involvement in the aggression against Syria.” The source said the Syrian people and army, which battled the terrorists and their supporters, would never be deterred by the miserable stance of the 27-nation bloc. They would “manage to overcome the repercussions of the aggression on Syria and rebuild what was destroyed by terrorism.”

Since the onset of the turmoil in Syria in 2011, the United States, the European Union and some Arab states — which have been supporting militant groups in their fight against the Syrian government —  have imposed draconian sanctions against the Arab country over what they claim to be sponsoring terror and attacking civilians. The restrictive measures have blocked imports of essential goods, impacting the Syrian people’s access to medical equipment, food, heating, gas and electricity.

In a meeting with a visiting European Parliament delegation in August 2021, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Europe's wrong policies in West Asia had resulted in numerous crises, particularly the growth of terrorism and fundamentalism besides the influx of refugees and asylum seekers.

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