Russia Demands That Trump Withdraw All U.S. Troops From Syria
Russia demanded that all U.S. troops remaining in Syria be promptly removed, describing the United States as an illegal occupying force in the country, according to Haaretz.
In comments reported by the state news agency TASS on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, "As for the presence of American soldiers in Syria, our position is well known. Only the Russian units are present in Syria legitimately at the invitation of the Syrian leadership.”
President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops in northern Syria earlier this month, ahead of Turkey’s assault on American-allied Kurdish forces along the border.
Russia is now calling upon Trump to remove any remaining U.S. troops in the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met earlier this week in Sochi to discuss the ongoing situation in northern Syria.
The leaders reached an agreement “to share control over parts of northern Syria that had been targeted in the Turkish offensive, obligating the Kurdish militants to leave such areas,” Haaretz noted.
Trump announced on Wednesday that a "small number of U.S. troops would remain” in Syria to guard oil facilities. “The Oil Fields discussed in my speech on Turkey/Kurds yesterday were held by ISIS until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds,” the president tweeted on Thursday. “We will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields!”