The United States is adjusting its own policy in Syria, taking into account the current realities against the backdrop of sharp criticism from Russia.
Meanwhile, the US State Department is calling for the withdrawal of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces from the Arab Republic, but not for the removal of Russian troops from the country.
With US President Donald Trump just recently calling the US mission in Syria currently “purely oil-related,” the forces that fight against the US in the Middle Eastern country and abroad have accused the White House of “stealing” Syrian oil and the opacity of its goals in the nearly ten-year conflict in Syria.
Despite US President Donald Trump admitting that the US has switched its focus from fighting terrorists to securing Syrian oil, the protection of the fields in the east of the country is entrusted to the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). As if that’s not the reality, officials in Washington claim that this plan is entirely “consistent.”
The US State Department also says that nothing has changed in American policy in the Syrian direction. But this “consistency” in the foreign policy department is actually in regard to being consistently anti-Iranian.
“We have been very clear about our common political goals in Syria,” a State Department spokesman said. “The political goals of the United States towards Syria have been consistent and remain unchanged. This is the long-term defeat of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, an irreversible political solution to the Syrian conflict in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the elimination of all forces supported by Iran.”
“These three overarching goals are interconnected, as they are all necessary to achieve sustainable peace for the Syrian people,” the State Department added.
Meanwhile, it is clear from Moscow’s reaction that it did not appreciate Washington’s “consent” to “see Russians in Syria” in the future.
In a joint statement this week, Russia and Syria condemned the “illegal presence of the United States and its allies in the territories of a sovereign Syrian state.”
It also condemned the recent granting by the US authorities of a license to one of the American oil companies to produce oil in Syria.
The United States is trying to give the “oil mission” launched by it in Syria a new coalition character, persuading not only local forces in the person of the SDF to participate in it, but also the allied Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia has deployed about two dozen of its troops at a US military base in the oil-rich northeastern province of Hasake in Syria, the Pan-Arab Al-Mayadin television station, headquartered in Beirut, reported on August 28th.
It was alleged that about 20 Saudi soldiers, led by an officer named Saud al-Jogaifi, arrived at the US base in the city of Al-Shaddadi. According to an al-Mayadin source, the Saudi contingent was deployed as part of an American convoy from the Taji camp, located 20 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Back in December last year, local sources, on condition of anonymity, told Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency that dozens of Saudi soldiers had arrived at Syria’s largest oil field, Al-Omar, in Deir ez-Zor province by helicopter.
Then it was indicated that the military of the Arab monarchy was supposed to guard the Saudi and Egyptian experts who had appeared in the area of the Syrian oil field a week earlier and were allegedly hired to work for the state oil company Saudi Aramco. The dispatch of Saudi troops to the Al-Omar area coincided with the arrival of about 30 trucks with earthmoving and drilling equipment.
The United States should immediately end its occupation of oil facilities in northeastern Syria, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said at a July 23th UN Security Council meeting.
“We reiterate our call on the United States to immediately end its occupation of the Syrian Arab Republic and return its natural resources to a government that can protect the environment,” said the permanent representative.
“Syria loses up to $40 million monthly due to lack of access to its oil fields. Returning them to the Syrian government would be better help from the United States than the donor contribution announced at a conference in Brussels,” Nebenzya said.
Currently, there is a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus, headed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, he is to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.
This is Lavrov’s first visit since 2012.
Other members of the delegation include Russian deputy prime minister Yuri Borisov, as well as Special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Africa and the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov.
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