News ID: 239099
Published: 0304 GMT February 19, 2019

Lavrov: US seeks to split Syria

Lavrov: US seeks to split Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States is attempting to split Syria and create a quasi-state on the Euphrates River's east bank as the US is opposing the return of Syria's northeast to the Syrian government.

Lavrov also called the US plans to transfer control in Syria's buffer zone illegitimate, adding that Washington prohibits its allies from investing in the redevelopment of other liberated parts of Syria that are controlled by the Syrian government, Sputnik reported.

"They are actively investing and are forcing their allies to pay for redevelopment of that part of Syria. However, they are prohibiting their allies to invest in the restructuring of the infrastructure of the other parts of Syria which are controlled by the legitimate government," Lavrov noted.

The foreign minister's comments come as remaining Daesh terrorists are being surrounded and entrenched in a small area of Baghouz, the last Daesh-held village in Syria, by the so-called Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Earlier, reports stated that the SDF had taken control of all of Baghouz.

US President Donald Trump announced victory over the Daesh terrorist group in mid-December, saying that US forces would pull out of Syria since the terrorists had been defeated there.



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