RIA Novosti 
October 6, 2013
In an interview with a German magazine, Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the West of lies about the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said Russia understands the reality of the conflict in his country “much better,” than the United States.
“We did not use chemical weapons,” Assad said in an advance version of an interview with Der Spiegel to be published on Monday. “This is a misstatement. So is the picture you paint of me as a man who kills his own people.”
The Syrian leader criticized the international community: “It seems to me that the West is more confident in al-Qaida than me,” he said.
Assad said the only thing US President Barack Obama has “is lies,” while adding that Russia is Syria’s “real friend.” He said Moscow supports him now even “more than ever” and is more independent than Europe where politicians orientate themselves “so much towards” Washington.
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