Published On: Mon, Jan 15th, 2018

Lavrov says US is pursing a policy to divide Syria into several pieces

Lavrov says US is pursing a policy to divide Syria into several pieces

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov –

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 15 that the formation of a zone controlled by U.S.-backed militants could lead to the partition of Syria. “The U.S. actions that we have been observing indicate that the U.S. does not want to keep Syria as a state in its current borders … The U.S. wants to help the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to set up some border security zones,” he said at an annual press conference in Moscow, referring to a U.S.-backed rebel alliance dominated by the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“There is a fear that they are pursuing a policy to cut Syria into several pieces,” he said.

Russia started to withdraw its forces from Syria last month, but Moscow has said it would keep its Hmeymim air base in Syria’s Latakia Province as well as its naval facility at Tartous “on a permanent basis.”

The U.S.’s “unilateral” army plan may harm Turkey’s ties with Kurds and hinder normalization in Afrin, Syria, Lavrov said.

“The U.S.’ unilateral, ultimatum-like project, aimed at establishing an army in Syria, may create problems in relations between Turkey and Kurds,” the minister said.

Lavrov also said the U.S. move “would not calm the situation” in Syria’s Afrin district, which borders Turkey, adding that Russia expects Washington to explain its move.

Moscow hopes that Turkey will speed up work on setting up observation points in Syria’s Idlib, he also said, adding to a deal with Ankara to de-escalate the fight in the war-torn country’s north.

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