Russia calls for dialogue between Assad, Kurds over northeast Syria

Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved, Lavrov said on Wednesday, as Turkish forces prepare to enter the country. (File photo: Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow calls for dialogue between the Syrian government and the Kurds over the situation in northeast Syria.

Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved, Lavrov said on Wednesday, as Turkish forces prepare to enter the country.

US actions in the region are contradictory and Russia is urging dialogue between Damascus and Syria’s Kurds, he told reporters during a visit to Kazakhstan following a surprise withdrawal by US troops.

Turkish forces will cross into Syria “shortly”, President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director had said on Wednesday.

The Kurds are “extremely alarmed” by US statements, he said, and fear that confusion could “ignite the whole region.”

“This must be avoided at all costs,” Lavrov said following talks in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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