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All actions ‘on ground’ in Syria should be coordinated with Damascus – Russian FM

YEREVAN, JUNE 19, ARMENPRESS. All countries should respect Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and coordinate all actions on the ‘Syrian ground’ with Damascus, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on June 19, reports TASS.

“As for what is happening ‘on the ground’ in Syria, we proceed from the assumption that it is necessary to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity in Syria. Therefore, any actions ‘on the ground’, and there are many participants there, including those who carry out military operations, should be coordinated with Damascus”, Lavrov said as quoted by TASS.

The minister said Moscow calls on Washington to ensure coordination in the work on Syria and respect the country’s sovereignty.

“We call on the United States and all others who have their forces or their advisers ‘on the ground’ (in Syria) to ensure coordination in our work”, the minister said, adding that the de-escalation zones are a possible option to move forward jointly.

“I invite everyone to avoid unilateral actions, respect Syria’s sovereignty and join our common work, which has been agreed with the Syrian government”, Lavrov said.

Earlier the Syrian government announced the US coalition forces downed the aircraft of Syrian air force.

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