Russian Foreign Minitster Sergei Lavrov warned the United States of attempts to create a “a certain quasi-state on a large part of the Syrian territory”. The minister also said that Russia has the US “a suspicion…. that the United States wants to stay there [in Syria] for a long time, if not forever.”
“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 quasi-state on a large part of the Syrian territory — on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and up to the Iraqi border,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov further warned that US actions “undermine the territorial integrity of Syria” and expressed hope that the UN will prevent “external players” from undermining the Security Council’s road map for a peace process in the war-torn country.
He also emphasized to the ongoing international efforts to hold peace talks between the Damascus government and the opposition and once again recalled that Russia supports participation of Kurdish representatives in the process.