Moscow accuses US of planning to partition Syria

Middle East Monitor — Feb 7, 2018

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. Click to enlarge

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. Click to enlarge

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday accused the US of planning to partition Syria.

“Plans of de facto partition of Syria exist. We know about it and will ask our American colleagues how they do imagine all this,” Lavrov said during a speech at “Leaders of Russia” contest.

He also said Americans were changing their stance about the reason for their presence in Syria.

“Americans seem to have abandoned assurances given to us that the only purpose of their presence in Syria is to defeat terrorists.

Now they say this presence will remain until they are convinced that Syria has begun a sustainable process of political settlement, the result of which will be regime change, he said.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests — which erupted as part of the “Arab Spring” uprisings with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than a quarter of a million people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced across the war-battered country, according to the UN.

The Syrian Center for Policy Research, however, put the death toll from the conflict at more than 470,000 people.

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US, allies seeking to partition Syria, says Russia’s UN envoy

Press TV — Nov 29, 2017

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia has accused the US and its allies of trying to partition Syria by setting up local governing bodies in areas seized from terrorists, according to Russian media.

Nebenzia said Wednesday that the US-led coalition in Syria was discussing measures to restore the country’s economy with the local governments instead of the Syrian government.

“What the coalition is doing amounts to concrete steps to partition the country,” the official was quoted as saying at a United Nations Security Council session.

Russia has been conducting air raids against Daesh and other terrorist groups inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.

On the contrary, the US and its allies have been running a military campaign against purported terrorist targets in Syria since September 2014 without a mandate from the UN or Damascus, while backing militants fighting to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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