Turkey is not allowed to be in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after the recent Putin-Erdogan meeting in Sochi, which ended without statements.
“Russia hopes that Turkey will be guided by the principles of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as it has repeatedly stated,” Lavrov said after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry.
“Regarding Mr. Kalin’s statement, I would like to quote President Erdogan, who has publicly stated on several occasions that Syria is an independent state and that Turkey will respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“That is why, in the context of the final settlement, we will move forward with the fact that Turkey still holds this position,” Lavrov said.
Speaking about the presence of foreign forces in Syria, Lavrov recalled UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which reiterates Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
“According to this resolution, only armed forces invited by the legitimate government of Syria, a member of the United Nations, have the right to be present in this country. Of course, this also applies to American units. Moreover, alongside the regular army, there are many so-called private military companies.
“This must also be taken into account,” Lavrov said.