Russia Warns Syria’s Kurds Against Relying on U.S. Support

Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday accused Syria’s Kurds of failing to abide by a Russia-Turkey deal that halted a Turkish offensive into Syria

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov enters a hall during his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov enters a hall during his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 10, 2018Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Russia’s foreign minister is warning Syria’s Kurds that relying on U.S. support “won’t bring them any good.”

Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday accused Syria’s Kurds of failing to abide by a Russia-Turkey deal that halted a Turkish offensive into Syria.

He says the Kurds are trying to stay allied with the U.S., and avoid engaging in dialogue with the Syrian government.

U.S. and Kurdish-led forces fought the Islamic State group for years. Washington’s support allowed the Kurds to set up an independent government in eastern Syria.

But American troops pulled out of most of the country in October, paving the way for Turkey’s offensive against the Kurds. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, helped broker a cease-fire.

Lavrov dismissed the Kurdish claims of Turkey’s violations of the cease-fire.

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