Lavrov says France’s position on Syria is colonial

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BEIJING, China – French President Emmanuel Macron’s call to stay in Syria even after the war on terror is finished is “a colonial stance,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Beijing on Monday.

“The French leader said that it’s necessary to stay there [in Syria] forever, to build new Syria. It’s a colonial stance,” Lavrov said, adding that Moscow will “clarify” with Paris what Macron meant in the statement.

Talking about the delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria, the foreign minister stated that the question isn’t settled so far, but repeated Russia has to be ready if another “provocations” take place.

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The US, UK and France launched air strikes against government targets in Damascus early April 14 in response to claims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma.

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