US Strategy in Syria Stipulates its Military Stays There 'For Ages' – Lavrov
The Russian Foreign Minister has added that the US aims to entrench militarily in Syria with an ultimate goal of staying there “for ages.” He stressed that Washington has deployed its forces in the war-torn country without a sanction from the United Nations of a request from legitimate Syrian government in Damascus.
“It is clear that, the US has some kind of strategy, which, I think, stipulates staying in Syria with its armed forces for ages,” Lavrov said. “They want to do the same thing now in Iraq and Afghanistan despite all the promises made earlier.”
Lavrov’s interview follows a statement from Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who said on Thursdaythat the US had in fact created an “occupation” zone in the al-Tanf area. She added the US-controlled area was used by the remains of Daesh militants.
She also stressed that the US military “entered into a virtually open confrontation with the Syrian army” by openly supporting allied Kurdish militants.
Brett McGurk, US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS, said in the end of 2017 that Washington would maintain a military presence at the al-Tanf garrison and other areas of Syria to prvent Daesh terrorists from returning o liberated parts of the country. The Russian military in turn noted that the al-Rubkan refugee camp was located 11 miles south of al-Tanf, stressing that the US presence could hamper the delivery of the humanitarian aid to the refugees.
The US has been conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of the international coalition’s campaign to eradicate Daesh in the country. The military campaign of alliance that consists of over 70 members have neihter been authorized by the Syrian government nor the UN Security Council.