Lavrov: US Steps on Eastern Bank of Euphrates River Violate Syria’s Integrity: ずくなしの冷や水


Lavrov: US Steps on Eastern Bank of Euphrates River Violate Syria’s Integrity

TEHRAN (FNA)- Unacceptable things are happening on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Syria and the United States’ steps violate territorial integrity of the Arab Republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"What is happening on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River clearly violates the commitment to Syria’s territorial integrity, declared by all and confirmed in the UN Security Council’s resolution. In my view, this is already evident for all," Lavrov stressed in an interview with the program "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" on Rossiya 1 TV channel.

The US is trying to pretend that its steps are temporary, the foreign minister noted.

Some US moves in the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River and in other Syrian areas, where Washington has its commandos and advisers, include playing the Kurdish card, he said.

"This is a very dangerous game, taking into account that the Kurdish issue is vital in a whole number of regional states [in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey]," Lavrov said.

According to Lavrov, the west does not have its alternative strategy on Syria.

"Unacceptable things are happening on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The US is trying to establish quasi-state structures, they earmark hundreds of millions of dollars into rebuilding these areas, so that people could return to a normal peaceful life, but they refuse to restore infrastructure on the territories, which are controlled by the Syrian government," he said.

Source: Washington Sheltering ISIL Commanders at Iraq-Syria Borders
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL commanders are hiding at US bases at Iraq's border with Syria, a senior commander of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi popular forces) said, warning that Washington seeks to use the terrorists as a leverage against Baghdad and Damascus.

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Hashem al-Moussavi as saying on Tuesday that a number of ISIL leaders have been sheltered at Iraq's border with Syria to survive current attacks by the Iraqi security forces and Hashd al-Shaabi.

He added that Syria's al-Tanf base is the main stronghold of the terrorists and supplies the ISIL remnants with weapons, military equipment and intelligence, noting that Washington aims to use the ISIL commanders as a leverage to pressure Baghdad and Damascus.

Al-Moussavi said that the Iraqi security forces and Hashd al-Shaabi are at present trying to cleanse Wadi Houran region in al-Anbar (at the borders between Iraq and Syria) from terrorists, adding that the US fighter jets often provide a cover to the ISIL moves between Iraq and Syria.

The US-led coalition has long been suspected of colluding with the ISIL terrorist group in Eastern Syria for quite a few years now. Experts believe the US needs to keep a contained group of ISIL terrorists operating in the region in a bid to justify its buildup in Eastern Syria.

Relevant reports said late in November that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIL had been in secret talks on the latter's withdrawal from Deir Ezzur to Iraq's desert.

Orient news reported that the talks were underway between the SDF and the ISIL to conclude an agreement similar to the one on Raqqa to relocate the terrorists from Deir Ezzur to Iraq's desert.

It further said that the US-led coalition air force, according to the talks, would provide a cover for the terrorists to move to Iraqi territories 60km from the border with Syria.
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