Sergei Lavrov

Russians Help Turkey Push Kurds out of Northern Syria

The Kremlin issued a warning to Kurdish forces on Wednesday that they must withdraw from the Turkish border region immediately, or else “Syrian border guards and Russian military police officers will have to pull back,” leaving the Kurds to be “run over by the Turkish military machine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on October 22, 2019. (Photo by Sergei CHIRIKOV / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI CHIRIKOV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia Urges Syrian Kurds to Ally with Assad

Russia will urge Kurdish authorities in northern Syria to open talks with Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday amid an ongoing Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled areas.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is seen ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin arrival at Hofburg palace on June 5, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. Putin is in Vienna to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the completion of a pipeline that transports Russian gas to Europe.

Turkey Challenges Russia: Whether We Leave Syria ‘Is Up to Us’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuted remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that the world expects Turkey to hand northern Afrin, Syria, to the Assad regime as soon as possible, replying Tuesday that the affairs of the Turkish military are “up to us, not to Mr. Lavrov.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan