Tuesday, 11 July 2017

"You Have no Right to Talk About Syria's Future!" Putin Slaps the US Secretary of State

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the future of Syria and its president lies in the hands of the Syrian people, not the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

“The US Secretary of State is not a citizen of Syria and has no right to talk about its future and the fate of its president. This shall only be decided by the Syrian people”, Putin was heard saying during a press conference of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

He stressed that the US stance towards Syria has not drastically changed, although it has become more pragmatic, adding that the United States also played a certain role in decline of violence in the country.

He then spoke about a positive understanding on the issue of reaching a ceasefire agreement in the southwest of Syria and invited his Jordanian and Israeli partners to cooperate, pointing out that Syrian territorial integrity has to be preserved at all costs.

He also revealed that Russia maintains contacts with several Kurdish factions in Syria, despite not having that close relations with these factions as US does, noting that Russia stands on preserving Syria’s unity and territorial integrity, which makes its position on the Kurdish a bit different than that of the US.

US forces occupying Syrian territory are there illegally. They are in violation of International Law and must withdraw, along with Turkish forces, and any other armed groups that have not been invited into the country by the sovereign Government of Syria.


Chance for Peace: South Syria ceasefire agreed by Putin, Trump at G20 takes effect

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 11th, 2017.]

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