US troops were present near an oil field in northeastern Syria on November 3. Photo: RT.

Russia opposes the US to maintain a presence in Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said that the US "illegal military presence" in Syria is a violation of international law.

"Any move the US makes to maintain a military presence in Syria is illegal and unacceptable in our view as well as from the perspective of international law," Deputy Minister Vershinin spoke to the press today, but did not specify any American activities.

Vershinin's statement came shortly after Turkish media reported that the US military is building two new bases in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, where oil reserves are abundant. One of the two bases is believed to be located near the former base of the 113th Brigade of the Syrian Air Force. The remaining base is located in the al-Sur area.

US armor is near a field in northeast Syria on November 3. Image: AFP.

US President Donald Trump in early October ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from northeast Syria, but later declared oil in the country a priority for national security and pledged to send more troops to protect the oil fields. The United States on October 31 sent some M2A2 Bradley armies and soldiers to eastern Syria to carry out this intention.

On November 1, Trump continued to emphasize his intention to maintain US troops in Syria to "guard the oil fields". Earlier, the White House boss also expressed his desire to reach an agreement with oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil or another US company to exploit oil in Syria.

However, Russia believes that any exploitation of resources in a sovereign state without its consent is illegal.

To explain Trump's decision, US Senator Lindsey Graham said the Syrian oil fields are now in the hands of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with the core of the Kurds, allies of the United States. "So this doesn't violate any rules," he said.

Luster (Follow RT)

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