Alwaght- The US actions in Syria indicate that Washington might be seeking to undermine Syria's territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
"The Americans, in my opinion, are taking dangerous unilateral steps, which by the way, look more and more like a part of a plan to create a quasi-state on a large part of the Syrian territory, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and up to the Iraqi border," Lavrov said at a press conference.
He added that he suspected the US was planning to stay in Syria "for a long time, if not forever."
Lavrov said, the US had claimed that the only purpose of its military presence in Syria was the struggle against the ISIS but after terrorists' defeat, it says that the presence should be retained until the start of a stable political process ending with a transition of power, or an advent of a new regime acceptable to Washington.
Lavrov recalled that the US attempted to create in Syria institutions outside the control of Damascus.
"Funds are being sent there to ensure that these authorities function and law enforcement bodies, created there with the help of the Americans, are equipped with weapons," he said.
Lavrov said that he hoped that after the start of the constitutional process in Syria, the United Nations would be able to ensure its transparency and to keep all interested members of the international community informed.
In the past several years, the US has supported some terrorist groups in Syria which it called "moderates" against the Syrian government and also claimed to lead an international coalition to battle ISIS terrorist group. This is while US President Donald Trump has been quoted as saying his predecessor, Barack Obama, established ISIS terrorist group.
However, Damascus considers the US military operations in Syria illegal, saying Washington was aiding "terrorists" against the legitimate government of the West Asian country.