'Damascus, Moscow, Ankara and others have repeatedly criticised the US's effort to continue to hold onto oil-rich areas of Syria, saying such actions are a blatant violation of international law.
The United States is looking to illegally separate territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and to create a separate, illegal quasi-state there, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, speaking at the Paris Peace Forum on Tuesday.
"On the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, they are doing everything possible to create the structure for a quasi-state, and are asking the Gulf States for major investments in order to create a local administration on the basis of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurds - the YPG People's Protectoin Units and others, with the clear intention to break this piece of territory off from Syria and to control the oil fields located there," Lavrov said.
At the same time, Lavrov accused the US of prohibiting its allies from investing in Syria's reconstruction.
"When it comes to Syria's reconstruction, we support, together with the Syrian government, inviting everyone [to participate], creating the conditions for the modernisation of infrastructure and the return of refugees, so that the country could return to a normal life. The United States categorically deny the need for this, and prohibit its allies - NATO, the European Union, the countries of the region, to invest in any projects in territories controlled by the Syrian government," the foreign minister said.
Lavrov urged Syria's Kurds to take part in political dialogue on the situation in the country, but called on Kurdish representatives to be consistent in their position.
"If from the start of the conflict, they decided that they can act with US support, when they announced the creation of the Rojava Federation, and that the US would provide them with support in their movement toward separatism, this was their decision," the diplomat said. "We attempted to explain to them, and to the Syrian government, that it is important to begin a dialogue between Damascus and the Kurds. The Kurds did not show interest in this. They were convinced that they would always be supported by the United States," he added.
Lavrov lamented that although Kurdish authorities did ask Moscow for assistance in starting a dialogue with the Syrian government as the US announced its partial withdrawal in October, they appeared to lose interest in such dialogue after the US said that they would return to the wartorn country to control its oil fields.'
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