Russian ForMin calls on USA to respect Syria's integrity: agencies

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced that the next round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan's capital Astana will be held on July 10.

"It is necessary to fully respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as stipulated in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 and other UN documents".

"We call on the United State and all others who have their forces or advisors on the ground [in Syria] to ensure the coordination in our work".

"Therefore, any actions on the ground, and there are many participants, including those who carry out military operations, must be coordinated with Damascus", Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russia's news agency TASS. "We call on everyone to avoid unilateral moves, respect Syrian sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the Syrian Arab Republic's government", the Russian foreign minister said.

On June 6, the Pentagon announced the coalition conducted a new strike on pro-Syrian government forces as they entered the de-confliction zone with Russian Federation and posed threat to its personnel.

Later, the coalition confirmed the information saying that it shot down the Syrian government forces' Su-22 aircraft as it had allegedly been bombing in an area where USA -backed rebel forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), were stationed, south of Tabqa in the Raqqa province.

The coalition's attack came after three US-led coalition's bombings of Damascus' allied forces in al-Tanf in southern Syria.

"The next meeting will be held in Astana on July 10, and Secretary-General's special representative Staffan de Mistura will participate in it".

During the most recent round, the guarantor countries of a nationwide Syrian ceasefire regime - Russia, Iran, and Turkey - agreed to establish four safety zones across the country.

Lavrov said Monday that the de-escalation zones "are one of the possible options to move forward together".

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced almost half of the country's pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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