Russia reaffirms that US presence in Syria is illegal

Moscow, SANA-The Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated on Friday that the US presence in Syria is illegal.

“We will continue to say that the US presence in the Syrian al-Jazira area and its continued control over al-Tanaf is illegal,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told TASS news agency.

He added that helping to plunder the national wealth of the Syrian people like oil is totally unacceptable.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed that any foreign presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian state is considered a breach of UN Security Council Resolution no.2254 and principles of international law.

Vershinin noted that Russia is in contact with the US in Syria, through military diplomatic channels, despite differences over several issues.

MHD Ibrahim/ Gh.A. Hassoun

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