Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

He added that representatives of the U.S.-allied Kurdish units have engaged in negotiations with the Syrian government, noting that the U.S. military facilities in the area should go under Damascus’ control once U.S. troops leave.

16 January 2019 | 13:58

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 16 January 2019 | 13:58

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov adjusts his glasses while speaking about his department's 2018 accomplishments during his annual roundup news conference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW: Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country’s east following the U.S. military withdrawal, Russia’s foreign minister said. 

Sergey Lavrov told a news conference that it’s necessary to fully restore Syria’s sovereignty, adding that Turkey’s plan to create a buffer zone on the border with Syria should also be seen in that context.

He added that representatives of the U.S.-allied Kurdish units have engaged in negotiations with the Syrian government, noting that the U.S. military facilities in the area should go under Damascus’ control once U.S. troops leave.

Lavrov said that the situation in Syria will be on the agenda for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talks in Moscow next week.


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