MOSCOW, Russia – In the current situation, it is impossible to imagine the US leaving Syria completely, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.
According to Ryabkov, in Washington, the positions of those who consider it necessary to maintain the US military presence in Syria are strong enough, a presence which, he said, is illegal and contrary to the rules of international law.
“I believe the positions of those who want to maintain US military presence in Syria — illegal, breaching the international law — are quite strong in Washington… I cannot imagine that the United States will fully and indisputably leave Syria in terms of physical military presence in the current situation where Washington is locked in unstoppable contest for world domination and driven to be present everywhere and resolve issues only on its own conditions,” the diplomat told reporters.
Contacts between Russia and the US on Syria continue, even if they are not announced, there are no prolonged breaks, Ryabkov said.
“The contacts on various aspects of the situation in Syria do not stop… These contacts are not always announced; if the information on them becomes widely available, they attract additional attention. But the contacts are ongoing on various issues. There will be contacts on other topics in the near future… The breaks in the contacts may be different, but there are no long pauses,” commented Sergei Ryabkov.
Moreover, according to the diplomat, Russia would like to resume a substantial dialogue with the United States on arms control soon. Moscow is already working on the issue and believes that in this area too something can work but, for the time being, it cannot announce any agreed timetable or steps. Moscow calls on the United States to consider the situation and be ready for dialogue on the missiles, he said.
In December 2018, US President Donald Trump announced the victory over Daesh [ISIS] in Syria, noting that this was the only reason for US troops to remain in the Arab Republic. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the United States had begun withdrawing US troops from Syria. However, she said, the international coalition led by Washington will continue to exist.