Russian FM warns US policies in Syria could ignite region

MOSCOW, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday warned the risks of the United States (US) policies that might ignite Syria at the same time when turkey is preparing to launch a military operation.

Speaking at the end of talks with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Lavrov said that US policies violate UN Security Council resolutions that respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, according to Interfax news agency.

He pointed out that US behavior in Syria is “contradictory,” stressing that the situation in the eastern Euphrates region must be addressed through dialogue between the Syrian government and the Kurds.

In a phone call Lavrov made on Tuesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who affirmed Ankara’s respect to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that Turkey will take care through its operations in the region to ensure the restoration. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the military operation was imminent in the east of the Euphrates River, while his US counterpart Donald Trump denied that his decision to withdraw his troops from northern Syria is an abandonment of the Kurds Trump later praised Turkey as a trade partner and NATO ally after he threatened to crush the Turkish economy if Ankara did something in Syria that he saw as “cross-border.” The Pentagon said it had removed US troops in northern Syria from the military operation that Turkey might launch to ensure their safety.

Source: Kuwait News Agency