Lavrov: it seems like US intends to stay in Syria for a long time, if not forever
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov did not rule out that the United States intends to stay in Syria for a long time, if not forever.
Lavrov said that 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," he noted.
The minister noted that Washington is trying to create some quasi-state on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Syria and these steps are dangerous. "To my mind, the Americans are trying to act through dangerous unilateral steps rather than by way of thoroughly developing general accord," Russia’s top diplomat noted.
"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," TASS cited him as saying.
"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 stressed.