Sergey Lavrov: The US is trying to divide Syria

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Sergey Lavrov: The US is trying to divide Syria

29 April, 2018

It noted that Zarif, Lavrov and Cavusoglu said the Astana talks must "ensure real progress in achieving a political solution in Syria through an inclusive, free, fair and transparent Syrian-led and Syrian-owned process based on the free will of the Syrian people".

Nevertheless, the limited nature of US-led strikes suggests the "peak of tensions has passed", he said.

Iran, Russia and Turkey have reaffirmed their strong commitment to Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity, vowing to strengthen trilateral coordination to find a sustainable solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

Sergei Lavrov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Mohammad Javad Zarif are the top diplomats for the three guarantors of the Astana peace efforts, a negotiation process distinct from that being held by the United Nations in Geneva.

"While we are building options for peace, some of our other colleagues are trying to destroy the results of our joint constructive efforts, not even following the worldwide law like in the recent operation of the US, UK and France against Syria", Lavrov said.

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Also on Saturday, Iran and Russian Federation slammed Western strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its chemical attack on Douma on April 7.

Meanwhile, Russia says the attack was staged to discredit Assad. Both Russia and Iran have deployed forces to Syria to back up Assad against anti-regime fighters.

Russia's Lavrov, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif have gathered in the Russian capital to discuss the progress of Syrian de-escalation effort as well as other issues of regional importance, like the risk of the USA withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Iran.

"What is important to understand is that the Russians, they are very pragmatic players", said Lieberman during a discussion on the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. They then met again in Ankara this month.

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