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, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"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.