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Russian FM says US aims to partition Syria, reformat the Middle East

By Rudaw 29/4/2018
A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter peeps through a hole in a wall as another stands behind inside a building in Tadef, near the city of al-Bab, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province on April 27, 2018. Photo: Sameer Al-Doumy | AFP
A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter peeps through a hole in a wall as another stands behind inside a building in Tadef, near the city of al-Bab, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province on April 27, 2018. Photo: Sameer Al-Doumy | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hinted that the United States will be responsible for dividing Syria.

Statements about supporting the territorial integrity of Syria "are only words that, apparently, cover plans for reformatting the Middle East and plans for dividing Syria into parts," Lavrov said, according to the Associated Press.


Lavrov met with his counterparts, Iranian FM Javad Zarif and Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a summit for Syria and the Iranian nuclear deal in Moscow on Saturday.

The three vowed to continue to work through the Astana process to find a solution for the Syrian conflict and increase humanitarian aid.

"We will ensure that this aid is provided in the most effective way. We will be cooperating with the government, the opposition and of course with our counterparts at the United Nations, the International Red Cross, the Syrian Red Crescent and other international organizations," Lavrov said.

Russia and Iran have backed Baath Party leader and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through the conflict.

Turkey, however, did an about face and supports regime change in Damascus. However, Ankara disagrees with international coalition support for the Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units), who have been described as the most effective counter-ISIS forces in Syria.

"Today, the US supports terrorist organizations, and this has to stop," Cavusoglu said.

The US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has helped to establish civil and military councils in liberated cities — mostly east of the Euphrates with the exception of Manbij. They did not interfere in Turkey's assault and subsequent occupation of the Kurdish canton of Afrin in the far northwest governorate of Aleppo.

The United States has repeatedly said it will remain in Syria until ISIS is defeated.

US President Donald Trump has announced troop withdrawals "soon," but his generals haven't confirmed such orders.

US policy in Syria is for the country to hold “free and fair elections” backed by the United Nations.

Syria was established under French Mandate in 1924. It is a diverse country with Arabs, Kurds, Druze, Alawites, Turkmen, various Christian ethnicities, Turkmen, Yezidis, and other ethno-religious components. 

Comments

 
Renas | 29/4/2018
That would be good. Instead of accusing USA for this Russians should take a look at them in the mirror. They are supporting a dictator, is that better. Russias friends: Erdogan, Iran, and Assad. Just dictators and supporters of terrorists, and our enemies. And that is how their history looks like, a history full of friendship with this kind of dictators and terrorist groups. They alse stabed Kurds in the back. We may not be friends of PKK, but Russia should know we definitly prefer them before turks, arabs and persians in our land.
Dutchman | 29/4/2018
The West will help the Kurds to rebuild the North and the rest is Russias problem. Assad just asked almost half the Russian GNP to rebuild the country Assad and Putin destroyed together. Good luck, Russia.
Max | 30/4/2018
Brilliant idea 💡
Outsider | 30/4/2018
The US does not care about Assad...Syria...or the Kurds...their only (new & principle) goal is to prevent Iran estabishing a strong foothold in Syria...preventing any danger to Israel... nothing else...Israel has to be protected...the YPG are the willing tool to accomplish this task...if to do this Syria will be divided..who cares...at least for the US...the other 'Western coalition members' don't care at all...see Afrin... ISIS is defeated... ISIS however is an excellent excuse to rally the international community...
Guest | 1/5/2018
Mr. Lavrov, it will be the Syrian people who will determine the destiny of Syria. Not Russia, not Iran, not Turkey, not the United States, or any other nation. Your country's support for the Assad regime has been the only thing preventing the Syrian people from doing this so far. If your country had taken a different approach to Syria three years ago and supported a police action by the United Nations in combination with a removal of Assad from power, the formation of a new government system, and free elections; Syria would be at peace right now as a unified country and on the road to recovery. But Russia doesn't really believe in democracy where the government of the people, is by the people, and for the people. If it does, why does it support a dictatorship. Your country, Mr. Lavrov, is already the reason for a divided Syria.
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