Lavrov: Russia's mission in Syria is not over yet[/rtl]
[rtl]Editorial Date: 2018/5/18 23:04 • 115 times read[/rtl]
The Russian military presence in Syria will remain as long as it is needed by the authorities and the people, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"Our country has played a decisive role in eradicating the military-political focus of terrorism, which is a terrorist bandit," Lavrov said in an interview with the Argentine daily Clarin.
"It is therefore logical to start from the fact that the military presence of our state in Syria will remain as long as there is a need for this by the legitimate authorities and the Syrian people."
Russia's special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentev, said on Friday that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Syria must be carried out comprehensively.
"This has to be done comprehensively," Lavrintev told reporters when asked if the talks were being held about the immediate withdrawal of foreign forces from Syria.
"This is a signal, it will be in the final step, because a supporter has almost been defeated," the Russian envoy said.
"The talk is about all the foreign military units in Syria, including the Americans, the Turks, Hezbollah, and of course the Iranians," Lavrintev said.
"On the other hand, except for our two bases, there is nothing, and as the situation stabilizes, we will of course have two bases, and actually we do not have any other units," Lavrintev said.