The Russian foreign Ministry: any intervention in Syria would be illegal

The Russian foreign Ministry: any intervention in Syria would be illegal


MOSCOW, February 18. Any incursion into Syria would be illegal, the countries of the region must abide by international law. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“Any incursion into the territory of a sovereign state is illegal. These are common truths, ‘ she said. – Syria has raised the question about the situation on the Syrian-Turkish border, the debate has already been conducted. Any invasion would be illegal”.

“As for the simulation scenarios, we expect that in the planning of regional countries will proceed from legal consciousness and norms of international law, and not what they want. There is an ongoing debate about the terrorist threat from Syria. But who nurtured extremists, supplying weapons there?”, – said Zakharov.

In early February, the Saudi authorities announced its readiness to send its armed forces to participate in military ground operations in Syria. The same statement was made by the UAE. Bahrain also confirmed that it would send troops into Syria if such a decision will be made within the framework of the international coalition. These Persian Gulf States explain its readiness for military intervention in Syria by the need to combat terrorism and, in particular, with the “Islamic state” (is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist group).

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On Monday, the Advisor to the Saudi Minister of defense General Ahmad Asiri said that the armed forces of the Kingdom began preparations for a ground operation in Syria.

Zakharova pointed out that Russia has no plans to create some “independent of zones” in Syria, Moscow supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian state.

“We see Syria as an independent sovereign state and we consider it a holistic,’ she said. – Any speculation about what someone would create in Syria an independent state, that supposedly Russia is interested in the creation of any independent zones, formations – it’s all untrue. We support the territorial integrity of that state”.

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The cease-fire in Syria does not mean that the fight against terrorism is complete, said Maria Zakharova.

“Definitely, a ceasefire or cessation of violence was agreed in Munich that spelled out in detail in the Munich agreement and now will be discussed and developed within a particular group, does not involve the cessation of the fight against terrorism, – said the diplomat. – The fight against terrorism will continue”.

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“Now the most important, fundamentally important point – the end of violence and the continuation of the fight against terrorism. So no one accused that are not the strokes, not by the forces”, – said Zakharov.

She recalled that “the Russian Federation has for several months been encouraged to cooperate and interact in the military”. “The ice was broken, – said Zakharov. After Munich we heard, as the situation reached such that not reacting was impossible”.

“We believe that military experts will be coordinated and to coordinate the appropriate steps. We understand and believe, and talked about the Russian government, Minister of foreign Affairs, concerning the fight against terrorism, the operation videoconferencing will be continued, – said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry. – This was agreed and on the results of the Munich meeting”.

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