LAVROV: US bases in Syria have “NO LEGAL BASIS”


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The US mainstream media has been going into Russophobic overdrive ever since it was announced that Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to stop funding Salafist terrorists in Syria, a program that was a flagship policy of Barack Obama.

As the Duran pointed out, the development is a small win for Syria and close to inconsequential for Russia.

This didn’t stop Trump’s CIA director Mike Pompeo from parroting the Russophobic statements of the US media, in spite of the fact that Pompeo along with Trump and US National Security Director General H.R. McMaster were apparently parties to the penultimate decision.

Pompeo stated that the Russian presence in Syria is an attempt to “stick it” to the US. In reality, the Russian presence is because the Syrian government asked Russia for a partnership in the fight against jihadist terrorism and Russia agreed to provide this assistance.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to Pompeo’s statement by reminding the world that the US presence in Syria is illegal according to international law. While Russia was invited by the government of Syria, the United States has no such permission, neither from Damascus nor the United Nations.

Lavrov stated,

“The United States does not advertise its bases very much, and the fact that these bases do not have a legal basis is also obvious to all.

It turns out that, by and large, Mr. Pompeo wants the same thing as us in Syria, only several times more. One more big difference: we do not hide our two bases, they are created and operate on the basis of intergovernmental agreements, and their task is to assist in the fight against terrorists“.

The Russian Foreign Minister was referring to recent revelations from Turkish state-owned media regarding the number of and whereabouts of multiple secret illegal US bases in Syria.

Turkish media is widely suspected of publishing the report as a way of extracting informational revenge on the US for its close relationship to Kurdish forces in Syria which Turkey views as terrorists who threaten Turkish security and territorial integrity.

Comment: On the U.S. bases:

However many times the Russians point out the brazen criminality of the U.S. presence in Syria, it’s unlikely to change anything. International law does not apply to the United States. And the Americans like it that way. So do their vassals, apparently. And as long as that’s the case, they can get away with anything. For a remarkably honest self-appraisal of the U.S. empire’s views on such matters, this one is a must read: Writing’s on the wall: Pentagon study admits U.S. empire collapsing, recommends massive effort to maintain global access to resources

1 thought on “LAVROV: US bases in Syria have “NO LEGAL BASIS””

  1. The Kurdish have invited Britain (America) into their stronghold from Hasaka along the north east border between Syria and Turkey. The Kurds are longstanding allies of the British so this is not surprising. I’m sure Britain made promises to the Syrian Kurds that they could have the fictional homeland everyone is talking about. They did that to the Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s, during the Iraq and Iran war and re-affirmed the offer during the 1990 gulf war, when they called the Kurds to the north on the new Saudi radio station that was founded by Britain. Why else would the Syrian Kurds have joined Britain instead of staying with their govt?
    A Kurdish region will act as a military base for Britain though the Kurds will never be trusted by them, they are just stupid as Britain has made so many similar promises through the decades..
    A friend of a friend just visited the bit of Northern Iraq where the Kurds literally hang out soaking in American TV shows, no surprise there.
    Some of the Syrian Kurds are part of the PKK, which is why President Hafez al-Assad closed the border with Turkey to the east of the country, it was possible to cross the river Tigris quite easily, it was opened again by President Bashar al-Assad in 2005, a foolishish and naive move but the man is nice, he’s learned the hard way and so has Syria. The Kurds will kill Arabs regardless of what the European green anarchists think, they are dangerous as well as delusional, the Kurds I mean but that could refer to both.


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