Lavrov: Damascus finds acceptable the actions of countries that have coordinated with Russia

Lavrov: Damascus finds acceptable the actions of countries that have coordinated with Russia

MOSCOW, March 13. Damascus finds acceptable action in Syria, countries that coordinate their efforts with Russia. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in interview to TV channel REN TV.

“There is no such document, but the Syrian government was told that if someone from outside players coordinating their actions with Russia, which legitimate work in Syria, it will be considered acceptable,” he said.

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“When we established contact with the American coalition in Washington and agreed to cooperate to avoid unforeseen and unintended incidents in the air, and then more recently on the coordination of issues related to the deepening and strengthening of the ceasefire and delivery of humanitarian assistance, the Syrian government has adopted such a formula and thinks that if this is done with the participation of Russia, the Syrian sovereignty is not violated,” – said Lavrov.

The Russian Minister recalled that “we are the only country (and Iran), whose representatives (our aerospace force, Iranian experts) working at the invitation of the legitimate government in Syria”. “All other States, including members of the anti-terrorist coalition led by the United States, there are no legal grounds either in the form of UN security Council resolution, or in the form of direct invitation of the legitimate government”, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

From USA received conflicting signals to coordinate the actions

Sergei Lavrov called contradictory coming from the US signals regarding the coordination with the Russian efforts to combat “Islamic state” (ISIS is a terrorist group banned in Russia) in Syria.

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“We are now receiving fairly mixed signals about the true intentions of the Americans, he said. – We installed the TV a “hot link” by the military between their command, which is located in the Jordanian capital, and our management of the operation on the basis Hamim, in addition to Russian and American officers present in Geneva. But there’s always a direct channel of emergency communication between Moscow and Washington – between Frunzenskaya embankment and the Pentagon”.

However, the Minister pointed out, “sometimes, including official representatives of the Pentagon, we hear, some of the statements that there was no coordination with Russia there”.

“Then we ask the US Secretary of state John Kerry and his colleagues in the state Department, and they reply that the coordination is there, just need to explain that no one was offended that the Americans are cooperating with us”, said Lavrov. “I would say that this is a “non-position”: U.S. somehow childish “looking around” trying to pay attention to what anybody thinks,” said the Minister.

The U.S. has offered Russia to deal with the release of Palmyra, took Raqqa

The U.S. has offered Russia to focus on the liberation of the Syrian Palmyra, while Washington-led coalition would Raccay, also informed the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

“We are ready to coordinate our actions with the Americans, because of raqqa (the capital is forbidden in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state” in Syria – approx.) is the Eastern part of Syria, and there is active mostly American coalition, he said. – Probably not a secret if I say that at some stage the Americans had proposed a “division of labor”: the Russian Air and space forces should be concentrating on the release of Palmyra, and the American coalition with Russian support will focus on the liberation of Raqqa”.

According to Lavrov, “this proves that they have some kind of Epiphany comes”. “The United States understands that it is necessary not just to share information to each other does not knock, and actually coordinate their actions to combat terrorism, otherwise it will not work”, – said the Russian Minister.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

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