LAVROV: Russia will not allow a partition of the Syrian Arab Republic
LAVROV: Russia will not allow a partition of the Syrian Arab Republic by Adam Garrie – The Duran
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has addressed journalists at the UN in a wide ranging press conference.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has held a press conference with journalists at the United Nations, during which he reiterated Russia’s positions on key issues around the glob.
Here are the main points
On Syria, Russia’s Foreign Minister stated that “we cannot allow for partition”. He further stated that it would only bring more instability to the Middle East and that the only parties who would benefit from such a thing would be those who seek to benefit from causing havoc across the region.
Beyond this, Lavrov stated that time tables for military withdrawal among all foreign actors in Syria is premature and that this can only be discussed once the battle against terrorism is totally won.
Sergey Lavrov also reiterated Russia’s position that only the Syrian people can determine their future and that the political decisions of Syria should not be influenced by foreign powers.
North Korea and Iran:
Lavrov expressed disappointment in Donald Trump’s remarks indicating that he seeks to tear apart the JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal). If the US does this, the Foreign Minister stated that North Korea will say to itself, “How can I have a deal with you (with US) if you break the deals you make and take back what you have given”.
He further stated, “I hope this example will not become a precedent”
Lavrov stated that the Sino-Russian Double-Freeze proposals for the Korean peninsula remain the best way forward and that ‘hot headed’ military options would be catastrophic, in a clear rejection of Donald Trump’s militaristic approach to Pyongyang.
When asked if he met the Foreign Minister of the DPRK who is scheduled to address the General Assembly on the 23rd, Lavrov stated that the last time they spoke was at the ASEAN summit in Philippines which was held last month. Lavrov stated that a meeting with the North Korean Foreign Minister is not currently on his busy UN agenda.
In respect of the Saudi led boycott of Qatar, Lavrov stated that he maintains close contact with the Foreign Ministers of all countries involved including Qatar, the UAE, Saudi and Egypt. Lavrov stated that as with all other disputes, dialogue is the only way forward.
He remarked that sanctions are never a good option but remarked on the hypocrisy of many in the west worried about the sanctions against Qatar which have only lasted a few months while the west continues to sanction Syria, something which has led to a large scale humanitarian disaster which Russia condemns.
Sergey Lavrov stated that he met with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and had productive talks on the Rohingya refugee issue. He further stated that Myanmar is taking into consideration the need to take care of the humanitarian aspect.