Russian Federation accuses U.S. of trying to divide Syria

Mr Lavrov was meeting in Moscow with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu for the first time since the United States and its allies launched missile strikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack allegedly carried out by the Syrian government.

In a statement on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the meeting, adding that the latest developments on Syria, within the framework of the Astana peace process, would be discussed during the talks.

"A process that we initiated 16 months ago in this building to alleviate the pains of the Syrian people and to achieve a political solution is bearing fruit now", said the Iranian top diplomat.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups and terrorist organizations.

Also this month, Iran's defense chief, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, said defeating the Islamic State (Daesh) is equivalent to defeating the USA and its power in the region.

Government troops battled ISIS fighters in the neighbourhood of Qadam and nearby southern areas, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights monitor said.

He said Trump has always opposed the deal and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the JCPOA, and has today excessive demands "which are neither acceptable to us nor to other members [of the P5+1 countries]".


The Russian foreign minister hosts talks in Moscow with allies in Turkey and Iran to discuss the conflict in Syria.

Lavrov rejected United States statements on respecting Syria's territorial integrity as "only words" and said that Washington had designs for the country.

The three agreed to intensify efforts to provide humanitarian aid in Syria.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said the trio have a "very shaky" alliance and "there's no way they can reach an agreement" over the suspected chemical attack.

Lavrov also said on April 28 that recent US -led missiles strikes on Syria "seriously aggravated the situation".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, on April 28, 2018.


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