Russian FM: We will not allow division of Syria according to sectarian, ethnic lines


LONDON: The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that his country will not allow Syria to be divided according to sectarian and ethnic lines.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following their talks in Moscow on Saturday, Lavrov said that Russia will stand against attempts to destroy the Astana process that seeks to find a solution to the crisis in Syria.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also commented by saying that Iran rejects the use of chemical weapons in Syria regardless of which party uses them.

“The Astana process has succeeded in reducing an escalation in several areas in Syria,” said Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

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