Al-Moallem: Syrian relations with Russia are deeply rooted. Washington is using ‘Daesh’ as peg to continue its occupation of Syrian oil wells

 On December 24, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Walid al- Muallem said that Syria's relations with the Russian Federation are deeply rooted and long-term, and that mutual visits between the officials of the two countries deepen coordination and cooperation in various fields.

Al- Muallem said that the meetings of the committee are important and deal with various aspects of cooperation between the two friendly countries and cooperation in the future through the projects implemented by Russian companies in Syria.


“We look forward to bringing our economic relations to the level of our political relationship,” Al-Muallem said in an interview with Russia Today Channel during his visit to Moscow at the head of a Syrian delegation at the 12th meeting of the Syrian-Russian Joint Committee for Trade, Economic and Scientific Cooperation.

In response to a question about the Caesar Law that imposes new American coercive measures against the Syrian people, Al-Moallem said that this law is part of an American policy that is not practiced on Syria alone, but also on the allies and friends of the United States with evidence of imposing sanctions on companies that work in building the ‘Nord Stream and South Stream’ to transport natural gas from Russia to Europe.

Al-Moallem said that the Daesh terrorist group is still standing as ‘an American peg’ to justify the continued occupation of Syrian oil fields.

Al-Moallem said: “Indeed, the Syrian army fought Daesh and all our people in the Al-Jazeera region (northeast Syria) know the sacrifices made by our army. But this peg is used by the Americans who support and protect Daesh and move its leaders from one region to another for use in other regions, as American policy is known to invest in terrorism.”

Al-Moallem said that the operations of the Syrian army in Idlib are part of a Syrian policy and position determined by President Bashar Al-Assad to liberate every inch of the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

He pointed out that the pretexts of the Israeli enemy for wagging attacks against Syria are rejected.

“As Turkey is using the issue of the Kurds and as the United States is using the issue of Daesh, they are all false pretexts to market their aggression against Syria,” he said.

On the possibility of holding a meeting with a Turkish delegation in Moscow, Minister Al-Moallem said: “ In light of the presence of a Turkish occupation of Syrian lands, we must always think about the feasibility of the meeting, will it lead to the liberation of lands from the Turkish occupation, or is it a meeting for the sake of the meeting, if so we are not interested.”

Al-Moallem said that the Turkish regime did not implement its obligations under the Turkish-Russian agreement on the Syrian Al-Jazeera region (northeast Syria) .

He added that the dimensions of Turkish politics are dangerous. The Turks are carrying out ethnic cleansing and demographic change in Syria by replacing  its locals with others, especially in Afrin, Jarablus countryside and other areas. Turkey introduces Turkish curricula to schools and changes street names.

Al-Moallem stressed that Syria has not and will not make any concessions to anyone in any matter, including oil fields.

“If we wanted to make concessions, the crisis in Syria would not have continued for all these years. We are progressing in the field and achieving victories and the heroic Syrian people are showing even more resilience so as not to make concessions,” he said.

“The reconstruction process in Syria started years ago and we hope that its momentum will increase in the near future,” Al-Moallem said. “The return of the Syrian refugees to their homeland is welcomed and that the Syrian state offers all its capabilities to ensure a decent life for them, but Western countries impede their return as it uses them as a political weapon against the Syrian state.”

In response to a question about the functioning of the Syrian Constitution Discussing Committee in Geneva, Al-Moallem said that evaluating the functioning of the committee through every round is wrong.

“This is a natural thing. You want to bring two parties, who have no trust and there are no factors of trust between them. There have to be factors for discussion in order to build trust between the two sides and start working. This has not been done yet and it is always wrong to judge the results of each round in its tour. You must wait and help in building a platform of confidence through which to start the work”, Al-Moallem added.

O. al-Mohammad