Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad said Wednesday that President Bashar Assad’s regime will not give in to threats of US military action, even if it means facing World War III.
“The Syrian government will not change position even if there is World War III. No Syrian can sacrifice the independence of his country,” Muqdad told AFP in an exclusive interview.
“Syria has taken every measure to retaliate against … an aggression,” he said without elaborating on those measures.
While Iran and Russia have warned that a strike on Syria could have devastating consequences if the civil war to spill out into other areas, Putin appeared to be open to a strike if there was proof the regime was responsible for the gas attack in an interview broadcast Wednesday.
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The regime continues to deny allegations that it carried out a poison gas attack in Damascus last month. Washington alleges the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 that killed more 1,400 people was carried out by Assad.
Muqdad claimed Russia’s support for Syria had not wavered.
"The Russian position is unchanged; it's a responsible position of a friend that is in favor of peace," he said.
Putin’s comments later at a Kremlin meeting appeared to echo that claim. He warned the US Congress that voting for military action would be legitimizing “aggression.”