The US has “decided to invent various pretexts to justify keeping the illegal presence of their bases and troops on Syrian soil in order to establish control and domination over the oil fields in order to separate Syria,” Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Shawa said at the Moscow Conference on International Security.
The Syrian deputy defense minister added that the US had assisted ISIS to justify own actions.
“This was accompanied by US-Israeli aggression, a gross violation of international humanitarian law in order to support terrorist groups,” al-Shawa said.
He also said that the US had increased its presence in northern Syria after the forces of Russia and Iran “contributed to the end of the war of attrition.”
During the same conference, Russian President Putin declared that ISIS in Syria had been completely defeated.
“Despite its military defeat, this terrorist group [ISIS] retains its significant destructive potential, it can change its tactics and launch attacks in different countries and regions in the world,” Putin saiid in a statement addressed to participants of the conference adding that other extremist groups also pose a big threat to the world.
The president stressed that it is now necessary to think about new forms of “multilateral cooperation” that would allow the parties “to consolidate the success” achieved in the fight against terrorism. It’s needed “to prevent the further spread of this threat,” Putin added.