News ID: 315454
Published: 0252 GMT August 10, 2021

US military forces have no legal mandate to operate in Syria: Russia

US military forces have no legal mandate to operate in Syria: Russia

US forces patrol at an oilfield in the oil-rich northeastern part of Syria.

The Russian Embassy in Washington said US military forces deployed to the oil-rich northeastern part of Syria have no legal mandate to stay in the Arab country under the allegations of fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

Its a matter of fact that US armed forces have no legal mandate to stay in Syria. Your interpretation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 is just ridiculous. Please, read the document thoroughly,” the diplomatic mission said in a post published on its Twitter page, according to Press TV.

Earlier, Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, had claimed in a tweet that American occupation forces are in northeastern Syria under international law — UN Security Council Resolution 2254 adopted December 2015.”

The Pentagon claims that the deployment to northeastern Syria is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh terrorists. Damascus and Moscow, however, reject that claim and say the deployment is meant to plunder the countrys resources.

Former US president Donald Trump admitted on more than one occasion that American forces were in Syria for its oil.

Syrian officials say the stepped-up smuggling of strategic Syrian resources is the latest inhumane tactic using peoples basic needs as a tool to pressure the government.

After failing to oust the Syrian government through proxies and direct involvement in the conflict, the US government has stepped up its economic war on the Arab country.

Last June, the US enacted the so-called Caesar Act that imposed the toughest sanctions ever on Syria with the alleged aim of choking off revenue sources for the government.

The sanctions, however, have crippled the war-torn countrys economy by prohibiting foreign companies from trading with Damascus.

Syria says the real purpose of the measures is to put pressure on Syrians and their livelihoods.








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