Russia warns Syria’s Kurds against relying on US support

Russia, which backs the Syrian government, helped broker a cease-fire.

26 November 2019 | 15:49

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 26 November 2019 | 15:49

This photo shows Turkish troops and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels gather outside the border town of Ras al-Ayn during their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria in October, 2019. (AFP Photo)

MOSCOW: Russia’s foreign minister warned Syria’s Kurds that relying on U.S. support “won’t bring them any good.”

Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday accused Syria’s Kurds of failing to abide by a Russia-Turkey deal that halted a Turkish offensive into Syria.

He said the Kurds are trying to stay allied with the U.S., and avoid engaging in dialogue with the Syrian government.

U.S. and Kurdish-led forces fought the Islamic State group for years. Washington’s support allowed the Kurds to set up an independent government in eastern Syria.

But American troops pulled out of most of the country in October, paving the way for Turkey’s offensive against the Kurds. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, helped broker a cease-fire.

Lavrov dismissed the Kurdish claims of Turkey’s violations of the cease-fire.

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