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Russia Accuses US of Sowing Chaos East of Euphrates

Russia Accuses US of Sowing Chaos East of Euphrates

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 - 06:00
File photo: Syrian Army in Latakia. AFP

Moscow accused Washington on Friday of “sowing chaos” in northeastern Syria where the US is trying to limit tension between Kurds and Arabs.

A statement issued by the Hmeimim air base said the US military presence east of the Euphrates has become a major reason for the obstruction of dialogue between the warring parties in Syria.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, which is affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, noted that the situation in the areas outside the control of the Syrian authorities in Deir Ezzor is getting worse.

Russia and Syria are ready to “take all necessary measures to settle the situation east of the Euphrates and resume the national dialogue,” the statement added.

On Idlib province, it said "Russia reserves the right to respond to the militants in case their activities pose a threat to the areas near the Idlib de-escalation zone."

Meanwhile, during their meeting on Friday, leaders of Arab tribes asked the US Army to work on keeping Kurdish fighters away from Arab-majority areas in the northeast of Syria and to “form a local Arab political administration” able to administer the areas of Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Hasaka.

The Arab tribes also asked the US forces to allow them to form an army including local residents to safeguard security and fight corruption.

On Wednesday, Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the East Euphrates region might be heading towards an Arab-Kurdish conflict that would harm coexistence.

Separately, the US Army brought large military reinforcements, including tanks, troop carriers and weapons to the Idlib countryside, a day after fierce clashes rocked the neighboring countryside of Latakia where dozens of Syrian regime forces and militant factions were killed.

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