(NBC NEWS) The West is "responsible" for the refugee crisis in Europe, Syria's President Bashar Assad said Tuesday, while admitting that the exodus is a "great loss" for his country.
"The West now is crying for the refugees with one eye and aiming at them with a machine gun with the second one," Assad said, repeating his accusation that the West supports Islamist militants against the regime in Syria's bloody, four year old civil war.
"If you are worried about them [refugees], stop supporting terrorists," Assad said in a televised interview aired on Russian channels. "This is the core of the whole issue of refugees."
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