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Russia: Lavrov talks US withdrawal from Syria and calls on Japan to recognise outcome of WWII02:35

Russia: Lavrov talks US withdrawal from Syria and calls on Japan to recognise outcome of WWII

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 16, 2019 at 11:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the intention of the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, while speaking at his annual press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

“There is no secret, in that they created a couple of military facilities there, including fairly large and serious military bases. There is no secret in the fact that they trained Kurdish self-defence units,” Lavrov said.

“We are convinced that the best and the only true way out is the transfer of these territories to the control of the Syrian government, the Syrian armed forces and the Syrian administrative structures,” he added.

Lavrov also explained why Russia insists Japan recognise the results of the Second World War in the peace treaty negotiations between the countries.

“No one has agreed on this [the return the Northern Territories], and this directly contradicts your obligations under the Charter of the United Nations,” Russian FM said.

Lavrov explained that Russia’s position about the need for Japan to align its approaches with the UN Charter is “to understand why Japan is the only country in the world that cannot say that it recognises the results of the Second World War.”

Russia: Lavrov talks US withdrawal from Syria and calls on Japan to recognise outcome of WWII02:35
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the intention of the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria, while speaking at his annual press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

“There is no secret, in that they created a couple of military facilities there, including fairly large and serious military bases. There is no secret in the fact that they trained Kurdish self-defence units,” Lavrov said.

“We are convinced that the best and the only true way out is the transfer of these territories to the control of the Syrian government, the Syrian armed forces and the Syrian administrative structures,” he added.

Lavrov also explained why Russia insists Japan recognise the results of the Second World War in the peace treaty negotiations between the countries.

“No one has agreed on this [the return the Northern Territories], and this directly contradicts your obligations under the Charter of the United Nations,” Russian FM said.

Lavrov explained that Russia’s position about the need for Japan to align its approaches with the UN Charter is “to understand why Japan is the only country in the world that cannot say that it recognises the results of the Second World War.”