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US continues plundering Syrian natural resources to back militants: Russia’s Lavrov

In this file picture, US-backed militants from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen in an undisclosed location in Dayr al-Zawr, eastern Syria. (By Reuters)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has once again slammed the unlawful presence of the United States in Syria, saying the US forces continue to plunder the Arab country’s wealth extensively to support militants.

“Every time, we affirm the illegitimacy and unlawfulness of the US presence on the Syrian territories, which is accompanied with plundering the natural resources such as the oil fields and agricultural crops,” Lavrov said while addressing the Primakov Readings Forum on Wednesday, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

He added that the occupying US forces use the money from its lootings to support separatist movements on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, referring the Washington-allied Kurdish militants.

Lavrov warned that the Americans play “a really dangerous game,” which may lead to bad consequences.

The United States invaded Syria in 2014 at the head of scores of its allies under the pretext of battling the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh. The US-led coalition retains its presence, although Syria and its allies, including Iran and Russia, defeated the terrorist outfit in late 2017.

Since the incumbency of former US president Donald Trump, Washington has, by its own admission, been involved in misappropriating the Arab country’s oil resources and invigorating Kurdish militants in eastern Syria to aid the oil theft.

In collusion with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US continues looting Syria’s wealth on a daily basis and transferring it through the illegitimate border crossings in a flagrant violation of international law and the UN resolutions.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said last month that the United States is engaged in widespread plundering of Syria’s natural resources, and also reinforces terrorists to take on the Arab country.

Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Bassam Tomeh had also said  earlier that the US and its allied Takfiri terrorist groups are plundering oil resources in the war-stricken Arab country, revealing that Washington controls 90 percent of crude reserves in oil-rich northeastern Syria.

Elsewhere in his address, Lavrov said Russia would continue to contribute to resolving international issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Libya and in other hotspots.

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