May 05, 2019

Russia strongly responds to tribal forum in Syria’s Ain Issa

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

The Russian Foreign Ministry strongly responded to a meeting of Arab tribes in Ain Issa on Friday, which the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) had organized, suggesting it undermined the Astana process.

According to a statement by the Russian ministry, the meeting was a move by the United States and its Kurdish allies to ensure Washington maintains “its long-term presence in Syria,” Russian-linked Tass News Agency reported.

The statement accused the US of using the Kurds “to set up a quasi-state on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.”

The ministry claimed the meeting was an obvious attempt to split the country, adding it “blatantly violates the declared UN principles of preserving [Syria’s] territorial integrity and state sovereignty.”

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...