Rus­sia: US un­der­min­ing Syria in­tegrity

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Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov said on Tues­day that in Syria the United States has been act­ing uni­lat­er­ally in a dan­ger­ous way, un­der­min­ing the coun­try’s in­tegrity.

“The Amer­i­cans, in my opin­ion,… are try­ing to act by dan­ger­ous uni­lat­eral steps. And by the way, these steps look more and more like part of a line for cre­at­ing a cer­tain qua­sis­tate on a large part of the Syr­ian ter­ri­tory — on the east­ern bank of the Euphrates and up to the Iraqi bor­der,” Lavrov told re­porters in Moscow, Sput­nik re­ported.

As he ex­plained, this “is more and more like a line to un­der­mine the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Syria.”

Lavrov ex­pressed hope that the United Na­tions would en­sure trans­parency of the con­sti­tu­tional process in Syria.

“I re­ally hope that the UN, which is re­spon­si­ble for the res­o­lu­tion 2254 im­ple­men­ta­tion, which is re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive Syr­ian di­a­logue… in its ac­tions will fully take into ac­count the need to stop any steps by ex­ter­nal play­ers that lead to un­der­min­ing the prin­ci­ples of set­tle­ment en­shrined in the res­o­lu­tion,” the min­is­ter stressed.

He stated that, from Rus­sia’s point of view, the US seems to be plan­ning to stay in Syria for a long time, maybe even for­ever.

“Now we hear com­pletely dif­fer­ent ex­pla­na­tions from our US part­ners re­gard­ing their pres­ence in Syria — they say that this pres­ence should be main­tained not only un­til mil­i­tary tasks are ac­com­plished, but also un­til there is a sta­ble po­lit­i­cal process that should end in a tran­si­tion of power which will be ac­cept­able for all — mean­ing for the United States — which is regime change. In gen­eral, we have a sus­pi­cion…. that the United States wants to stay there for a long time, if not for­ever,” Lavrov said.

As the top diplo­mat spec­i­fied, Moscow had been hav­ing a lot of ques­tions to Wash­ing­ton about their re­cent ac­tions in Syria.

“In gen­eral and es­pe­cially lately, we have been hav­ing a lot of ques­tions to the ac­tions of the United States in Syria. These ac­tions are car­ried out with­out an in­vi­ta­tion,” Lavrov said, when asked to com­ment on the US De­fense Depart­ment’s al­leged plans to al­lo­cate $550 mil­lion to fund Syr­ian op­po­si­tion and cre­ate bor­der se­cu­rity forces.

The min­is­ter re­vealed rea­sons be­hind Daesh’s de­feat in Syria.

“It is now clear that ISIL [Daesh] as a caliphate — this project failed. And it did not take place pri­mar­ily thanks to the ac­tions of the Syr­ian Army with the sup­port of the Rus­sian Aero­space Forces. But we do not dis­miss a cer­tain con­tri­bu­tion by the Amer­i­can coali­tion to this achieve­ment,” Lavrov said.

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