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    January 15, 2018

    Russia denounces US provoking war between Kurds and Turks in Syria's Afrin

    January 15, 2018 - Fort Russ News - Paul Antonopoulos

    MOSCOW, Russia - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at his annual news conference on Monday that the US plan to train the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to guard the Syrian-Turkish border will resolve the crisis in Afrin.

    "Russia has serious questions in this regard, from the standpoint of Syria’s territorial integrity," he said.

    "However, there is also the Turkish-Kurdish conflict involved. This new provocative unilateral step will in no way help resolve the Afrin situation," Lavrov added.

    "As for the situation in Afrin and in Syria in general, we all have been tackling these issues, seeking to ensure the ceasefire agreements," the Russia top diplomat noted.

    "The Kurds are definitely part of the Syrian nation and we need to take their interests into consideration," Lavrov said. 

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