Lavrov: The US-led coalition’s strike on Syrian army violates international law

Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed on Wednesday that the bombing of one of the positions of the Syrian army on al-Tanf road in the eastern countryside of Homs by the so-called “international coalition” led by the US is a violation of international law.

In a joint press conference with his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Dastis in Moscow, Lavrov stressed Russia’s non-recognition of the “de-confliction zones” that the United States is trying to impose in Syria unilaterally.

Lavrov said Russia, Turkey and Iran have signed a deal, which has been endorsed by the UN Security Council, to establish so-called “de-escalation zones” in several parts of Syria. Damascus agreed to this approach and the exact borders and mechanisms for observing a truce inside those zones are currently being negotiated.

“This approach was agreed to by Syria. We consider illegitimate any unilateral declaration of ‘de-confliction zones’ not endorsed by Damascus. We hope the coalition will adhere to the agreement it has reached with us, which states that the de-escalation zones must be agreed to in detail by all stakeholders,” he said.

M. al-Frieh/H. Said

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