Slutsky: US Sanctions on Assad allies to hinder Syrian government
The latest US bill on sanctions against the Syrian government and its foreign allies, including Russia and Iran, only serves as an obstacle to the fight against terrorism and peace process in Syria, the chairman of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee, Leonid Slutsky, said.
"The law, which basically forces the US President to impose sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad and his allies will further complicate the situation in Syria and the fight with international terrorism on its territory… This law is clearly destructive for the Syrian peace process," Slutsky told the reporters.
Slutsky said that while Russia, Iran and Turkey were working on creating safe zones in Syria, US lawmakers were not helping in this process and even obstructing it.
According to the Russian lawmaker, this measure was another proof of the split in the US political establishment.
"While President Donald Trump urges to fight terrorism in Syria, and not Assad, supporters of the previous administration continue fighting for the deposition of Assad's government at any cost," Sputnik cited Slutsky as saying.
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives passed the law on imposing sanctions against foreign backers providing support, including military, to Syrian President Bashar Assad and his alleged human rights abuses.