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Lavrov warns Syria intervention worsen Kurdish problem
Lavrov warns Syria intervention worsen Kurdish problem

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that the implications for the region could be "disastrous" in the event of a military intervention in Syria, noting that many issues, including the Kurdish problem, could worsen in such a scenario.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to RT that an intervention in Syria would be disastrous. In terms of the aftermath of any kind of intervention for the Syrian people “Syria is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional country, whose ethnic and confessional groups have close relations to sister [confessional] groups in other countries.” the minister underlined.

“The Kurdish problem: the Kurds live in Syria, Turkey, in Iraq and other countries.” Lavrov added.

Speaking of the Lebanon being influenced by the developments in Syria, Russian Foreing Minister said “Interethnic clashes and strife can take place very fast and can embrace the entire region.”

With respect to Russia’s reaction to rumors of clemency, some kind of immunity for President Assad from the west if he steps down Sergey Lavrov stressed that “It's for the Syrian people to decide who should rule them, how they would live. The main thing for the external players is to ensure that they all sit down at the negotiating table and develop the future of their country, where the minority and the majority will feel safe and included into the political system, otherwise the groups which now support President Assad, and there are quite a number who do so, would be in the opposition to the ruling majority and the war and violence would continue, but the positions of the participants would be shifted. This is not what we want for the Syrians. This is something which might happen if people insist on one-sided approaches to the crisis and on imposing something on the Syrians.”

“I would just repeat what I said: it's for the Syrian people to decide who should rule them, how they would live. The main thing for the external players is to ensure that they all sit down at the negotiating table and develop the future of their country, where the minority and the majority will feel safe and included into the political system, otherwise the groups which now support President Assad, and there are quite a number who do so, would be in the opposition to the ruling majority and the war and violence would continue, but the positions of the participants would be shifted. This is not what we want for the Syrians. This is something which might happen if people insist on one-sided approaches to the crisis and on imposing something on the Syrians.”

“I think intervention in Syria would be disastrous for the region. Syria is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional country, whose ethnic and confessional groups have close relations to sister [confessional] groups in other countries.



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