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22 February 2018


Russia cautions US not to ignore Turkey’s position on Kurds

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Russia considers the US approach of completely ignoring Turkey’s stance on Kurds in Syria as unwise, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Axar.az reports citing TASS.

"We all know Turkey’s attitude towards Kurdish militia units. Turkey’s position can be regarded in various ways, but this position is reality. Acting while completely ignoring this position is unwise, to say the least. We can see the results of this unwisdom in the Afrin area as well," Lavrov stressed.

Russia does not rule out that the United States intends to stay in Syria for a long time, if not forever, he went on. According to Russia’s top diplomat, the Americans say their presence in Syria is necessary not only to solve military issues, "but until there is a stable political process there that should end with the transition of power that would be acceptable to all, that is, regime change." "In general, we suspect that the United States wants to stay there for a long time, if not forever," the minister noted.

Washington is trying to create some quasi-state on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Syria and these steps are dangerous, he added. "To my mind, the Americans are trying to act through dangerous unilateral steps rather than by way of thoroughly developing general accord," Lavrov said.

"These steps increasingly look like part of the course towards cresting some quasi-state on a large part of Syrian territory - on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River up to the Iraqi border," Russia’s top diplomat said.

"Russia has supported all along direct participation of Kurds in all efforts on the Syrian settlement and continues to support it. Kurds are an integral part of the Syrian society," the minister said.

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2018.02.13 / 16:44
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