West News Wire: Keeping troops in Syria, according to a senior Russian ambassador, violates international law because neither the UN Security Council nor the Syrian government have authorised the US military presence there. 

“Neither the status quo in Syria is improved by Washington’s policies, nor are they helpful in restoring stability. According to Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, they do not strengthen the Syrian government’s sovereignty but rather have a negative impact on the situation throughout the entire Middle East.  

“The US military presence on Syrian soil violates international laws, as the forces occupy certain areas in the country under the pretext of carrying out anti-terrorist missions,” he claimed. 

In other parts of his remarks, Antonov flatly rejected the claims made against Russia by the US Department of Defence regarding supposed “unprofessional behaviour in Syrian airspace,” emphasising that it is the US that violates the aviation regulations there. 

The Russian ambassador pointed out that such remarks violate basic decency, lack logic, and are intended to distract the general public from the reality that Americans routinely violate air safety regulations over Syrian airspace. 

The Pentagon claims that the US military has deployed troops and equipment to northeastern Syria in order to prevent ISIS militants from seizing control of the region’s oilfields. 

Damascus, however, maintains the deployment is meant to plunder the rich mineral resources. 

Former President Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in the Arab country for its oil. 

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