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Russia: Zakharova says Damascus should control all Syrian territories

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 17, 2019 at 13:54 GMT +00:00 · Published

All Syrian territories including the Syria-Turkey border zone should be controlled by Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated at her weekly press briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

She said the only way to bring peace to the region was to restore Syria's "sovereignty and territorial integrity" by shifting control to the government led by President Bashar al-Assad.

The spokesperson went on to discuss the case of three US diplomats, who were caught by police on Monday in northern Russia near a closed and restricted military testing site.

Zakharova said the diplomats had informed Russia's Defence Ministry that their destination was the city of Arkhangelsk.

"Instead of doing that they rented a car with Russian licence plates and arrived to Severodvinsk, where they boarded a train and went to a village, which is close to the testing fields and other defence facilities," she said.

Police had then stopped the US trio in the village and asked them to take the train back to Severodvinsk.

"They were not detained. As far as we know, they took a car back to Moscow in Severodvinsk. Maybe they have already arrived. You better ask them to clarify," the spokesperson concluded.

US State Department commented on the incident saying the diplomats "were on official travel and had properly notified Russian authorities of their travel."

In August seven people died following a blast at a military testing field near the village of Nenoksa in the Arkhangelsk region.

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All Syrian territories including the Syria-Turkey border zone should be controlled by Damascus, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated at her weekly press briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

She said the only way to bring peace to the region was to restore Syria's "sovereignty and territorial integrity" by shifting control to the government led by President Bashar al-Assad.

The spokesperson went on to discuss the case of three US diplomats, who were caught by police on Monday in northern Russia near a closed and restricted military testing site.

Zakharova said the diplomats had informed Russia's Defence Ministry that their destination was the city of Arkhangelsk.

"Instead of doing that they rented a car with Russian licence plates and arrived to Severodvinsk, where they boarded a train and went to a village, which is close to the testing fields and other defence facilities," she said.

Police had then stopped the US trio in the village and asked them to take the train back to Severodvinsk.

"They were not detained. As far as we know, they took a car back to Moscow in Severodvinsk. Maybe they have already arrived. You better ask them to clarify," the spokesperson concluded.

US State Department commented on the incident saying the diplomats "were on official travel and had properly notified Russian authorities of their travel."

In August seven people died following a blast at a military testing field near the village of Nenoksa in the Arkhangelsk region.

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