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Western coalition was pushing Syrian Kurds towards separatism, Lavrov says

The world is now faced with the effects of this "shortsighted policy," the Russian foreign minister said

SOCHI, October 16. /TASS/. The US-led Western coalition in northern Syria kept prodding the Kurds to create quasi-state entities and towards conflict with Arab tribes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a conference of intelligence and security chiefs, together with the top brass of law enforcement agencies.

"For several years, we had repeatedly highlighted the volatile policies of the United States and the coalition members it leads, which set a course towards dismembering Syria and creating quasi-state entities on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and kept pushing Kurdish organizations towards separatism and confrontation with Arab tribes," Lavrov specified.

The world is now faced with the effects of this "shortsighted policy," he said.

"This resulted in a new armed conflict, with the forces of the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia - TASS) once again scattered around the Middle East, North Africa and other regions of the world," Lavrov said.