Russia: America is trying to divide Syria into parts

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree that the Syrian peace process must continue despite Western missile strikes, Lavrov said after meeting his Iranian and Turkish counterparts in Moscow.

Russia, Turkey and Iran have been attempting to resolve the Syrian conflict at talks that started past year in Astana, Kazakhstan, in competition with a USA and United Nations -backed Geneva initiative.

Nevertheless, the limited nature of US-led strikes suggests the "peak of tensions has passed", he said.

"Such approach not only contradicts the spirit and letter of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, but is also definitely aimed at creating obstacles to renewal of the negotiation process", the Russian foreign minister said.

"We have already said that the illegal attack on Syria on April 14 that the United States, Great Britain and France carried out before experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had even started their work, caused a setback in efforts to advance the political process", he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed in phone talks on Saturday the recent developments in the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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Lavrov said the three countries "must help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists".

The Russian diplomat praised the "unique" alliance between two of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad's key supporters, Moscow and Tehran, and opposition-backer Ankara.

Meanwhile, Russia says the attack was staged to discredit Assad.

"Today, the U.S. supports terrorist organizations, and this has to stop", Cavusoglu said.

It added that they highlighted the importance of de-escalation efforts and reiterated their commitment to preserve the ceasefire in Syria that had become instrumental in helping to reduce violence on the ground and alleviate the humanitarian suffering in the war-stricken country.


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