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Lavrov: Kurds must be invited to Geneva peace talks to preserve Syria’s integrity

from RT:

Moscow strongly insists that the Kurds be invited to the the upcoming Syrian peace talks in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, suggesting that leaving them out could endanger Syria’s territorial integrity.

“If the Kurds are ‘thrown out’ of the negotiations on Syria’s future, how can you expect them to want to remain within this state?” Lavrov said in an interview with Russian REN TV channel aired on Sunday.

“We believe that the process, which starts in Geneva, must necessarily include the Kurds, if we all mean what we say in declaring our commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

The minister also stressed that Russia will press the UN not to “surrender to ‘ultimatums’ and invite the Kurds to the table of the negotiation process right from the start.”

In mentioning ultimatums, Lavrov was apparently pointing a finger at Turkey, which strongly opposes the Kurds’ involvement in the Syrian peace process, despite them being one of the most successful forces fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria, along with the Syrian army.

According to the minister, while opposing the advances of the Kurdish forces, Ankara itself has been setting up certain zones of control within Syria.

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