BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 A.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he supported a referendum on Kurdish independence during the interview to the Kurdish TV-channel Rudaw, in Moscow, Monday.

“We start from the fact that the legitimate aspirations of the Kurds, like other peoples, need to be fulfilled within the framework of existing international legal norms,” stated Lavrov before adding,

“This also applies to the decision to hold a referendum, which was finally taken in Erbil.”

In regards to Syria, the diplomat said that Russia believes the best solution to the political crisis lies with the Syrian people themselves.

“There are criteria that cannot be avoided and circumvented in these negotiations, and this is enshrined in the same resolutions of the Security Council – this country should be democratic and secular,” stated Lavrov, before going on to say,

“This is very important, because a number of oppositionists, who make democrats out of themselves, flatly refuse to recognise the need to ensure the secular nature of the future state.”

In March, Lavrov stated that Russia would continue dialogue with Turkey to find ways to involve the Kurds in talks over a Syrian peace settlement.

However, he admitted that he foresaw difficulties in this, knowing Ankara’s position on the matter.

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According to international law such a vote should be taken on a national not local level to be valid. A case in point is the national referendum in the former Czechoslovakia on the separation of the Czech Repiblic and the Slovak Republic. The only exception is of cases where the minority taking the vote face repression and persecution by the host country, in which case such a vote is legal on humanitarian basis. This was the excuse brought by the West to justify and recognize the local referendum for independence in Kosovo, though the war there had ended a whole… Read more »
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Lavrov didn’t said in any way that he supports Kurdistan

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Fuck Turkey

Assad must stay
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ErdoGolum will be very happy : he will try to extend Turkey ::!:

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It’s Serge Dassault (88y old) and Trappier (CEO) that might be happy at having Rafales fucking some F-16s

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What is cool is that if UNSC decides a No Fly Zone over Turkish Kurdistan, S-400 won’t be able to prevent Rafales to enforce this. 😀