Solving the problem of the illegal US presence in Syria will not be easy; We need to see what will be the result of the “departure” from the SAR announced by the American president, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“Washington is constantly setting new conditions that violate the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, despite the fact that these principles are enshrined in the main resolutions of the UN Security Council. We will see what the “leaving” of the USA from Syria announced by President Trump will result in”.
December 19, US President Donald Trump declared victory over the terrorists of the “Islamic state” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in Syria and announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria. As expected, the US military will leave Syria within 60-100 days. On December 24, it became known that the order for the withdrawal of troops was signed by the head of the Pentagon, James Mattis.
Lavrov stressed that the presence of Turkish troops in Syria, in contrast to the US, was agreed with Damascus. Agreements on this were reached during negotiations in Sochi and enshrined in the memorandum on the creation in this province of the de-escalation zone and the placement of Turkish observation posts along its internal perimeter.
“Thus, the presence of the Turkish military in this part of Syria is coordinated with the ATS government, which welcomed the mentioned Sochi memorandum. He was supported by the third guarantor of the Astana format – Iran, ”the Foreign Minister said.