Sergey Lavrov on War in Syria

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Sergey Lavrov on War in Syria

by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Interviewed by the Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab newspaper, Lavrov highlighted Russia's key role in combating US-supported terrorist invaders.

He stressed the importance resolving things diplomatically, Astana peace talks moving things incrementally in this direction, de-escalation zones established, others to come.

He blasted Arab states for denying Assad's legitimacy, "practically usurp(ing) the right of the Syrian people to decide who will govern Syria and in what form. We strongly disagree with this approach."

Syrians alone must decide who'll lead them and how they're to be governed, free from outside interference.

Russia believes combating ISIS and other terrorists "should be accompanied by the search for a political solution. To that end – continuing to fight against terrorist groups – we are enhancing our e
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