Syria's Bashar al-Assad: West is to blame for refugee crisis

September 16, 2015 2:48 PM

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(CNN) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is blaming Western nations for fueling the refugee crisis by supporting opposition groups in his country's bloody civil war.

"If you are worried about them, stop supporting terrorists," he said in an interview with Russian news organizations. "That's what we think regarding the crisis. This is the core of the whole issue of refugees."

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