On December 2, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the U.S. is violating the territorial integrity of Syria and taking “unacceptable steps” on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
“What is happening on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River clearly violates the commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity, declared by all and confirmed in the UN Security Council’s resolution. In my view, this is already evident for all,” Lavrov said during an interview with the Rossiya 1 TV, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Lavrov also warned that the U.S. is taking advantage of the Kurdish issue to establish a quasi-state structures in northeastern Syria. The region is controlled by the main proxy of the U.S. in the war torn country, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“The US is trying to establish quasi-state structures, they earmark hundreds of millions of dollars into rebuilding these areas, so that people could return to a normal peaceful life, but they refuse to restore infrastructure on the territories, which are controlled by the Syrian government,” the Russian minister said.
After imposing its control on a large part of the Syrian-Iraqi border earlier this year, U.S. forces are now working to establish positions on the border with Turkey. This step, which triggered Ankara, is apparently also a source of worry for the Russians.
The U.S., which apparently believe it has an upper hand in Syria, may soon find itself trapped by Russia and its regional allies, including Turkey.