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Lavrov: Turkish operation in northeast Syria is nearing completion

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria is nearing its end, pointing out that everything now depends on the progress of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the region.

“This process is nearing completion,” Lavrov said at a joint news conference with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu after the Russian-Turkish summit in Sochi.

Lavrov noted that Russia does not pay much attention to the US position on the memorandum of understanding, reached today by Russian Presidents, Vladimir Putin, and Turkish, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“First, this situation is volatile and significantly contradictory, and secondly, the US-led international coalition is operating illegally on Syrian territory,” Lavrov said.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that the implementation of the memorandum of understanding will significantly hinder separatist plans in Syria, saying that the solution to the Kurdish issue is possible only through the restoration of the territorial integrity of Syria and the sovereignty of the legitimate authorities of the country on all its borders.

On the other hand, Lavrov stressed the adherence of Russia and Turkey to the Astana process to settle the Syrian crisis, which led to the formation of the Constitutional Committee.

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