Putin says US presence in Syria violates UN charter
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the presence of US troops in Syria, providing support to anti-Damascus militant groups in the Arab country, violated the United Nations Charter.
Speaking during a panel at the Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, Putin said the US has only two ways to be present on Syrian territory, either if it is invited by the Damascus government, or if it has support from the UN.
The Russian president stressed that Moscow wanted all foreign troops, including the Russians, to eventually leave Syria.
"What can be done, in my opinion, and what should we all strive for? We should strive to have no forces of foreign, third countries on the territory of Syria at all. We need to move towards this," he said.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
Russia has backed Syria’s fight against terror since late 2015 when Russian air force and troops arrived in the Arab country at an official request of Damascus to help the government fight against Daesh and other Takfiri terrorists.