E Syria must return to govt. control after US exit

Russia says the territories currently occupied by American troops in eastern Syria should return to government control following Washington’s planned withdrawal of its military forces from the Arab country.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday that Moscow has no information about the pullout schedule or contact between Washington and Damascus on the matter.

However, she added, Moscow understands the importance of US President Donald Trump’s decision and is closely monitoring its implementation, which would “contribute to a comprehensive settlement of the situation.”

“The question emerges — who will receive control over the US-held Syrian territories? Obviously, in accordance with international law and taking into consideration what Syria and its people have been through, it should be the Syrian government,” she said.

“If the troop withdrawal happens, it would have a positive impact on…

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