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    Lavrov to Sputnik: Assad Not Moscow's Ally Like Ankara is to Washington

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    Syrian President Bashar Assad is not Moscow's ally like Ankara is to Washington despite Russia's support of the Syrian leader in his fight against terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Sputnik in an exclusive interview.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States, the European Union, as well as their allies in the Middle Eastern region consider Syrian President Bashar Assad to be illegitimate and call for his resignation, while Russia and Iran insist that it was up to Syrian people to decide the fate of their country and leadership.

    "Assad is not our ally, by the way. Yes, we support him in the fight against terrorism and in preserving the Syrian state. But he is not an ally like Turkey is the ally of the United States," Lavrov said.

    On September 30, Moscow began its air campaign in Syria on Damascus' request, during which the Russian Aerospace Forces conducted precision airstrikes against the extremists' targets. On March 14, Putin ordered to withdraw most of Russia's military contingent from Syria after accomplishing its objective.

    The Russian leader has repeatedly stated that Moscow’s campaign in the war-torn country would only be limited to air operations.


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      Whatever that means.
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      ivanwa88, you captured the text and spirit of Lavrov's comment very well, as well as displaying a deep understanding of the two partnerships. Lavrov made a clear distinction between a relationship founded on shared values of sovereignty and resistance to terrorism, the principle that defines the Russia-Syria joint work, as opposed to an amoral partnership of convenience that tolerates abetting terrorism, ethnic cleansing of the Kurds and the destabilization and destruction of the sovereign Syrian state.
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      USA allies usually suffer the fate to be eliminated by the USA once they have done their deed.
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