Lavrov’s comments take place as the U.S. is setting up a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border protection force in the northeast of Syria, which Assad’s backers Russia and Iran have condemned as an attempt to carve out an American zone of influence.
Zarif for his part said Iran is concerned about a “new wave” of foreign intervention in Syria led by the U.S. after the defeat of Islamic State. Quoted by Bloomberg, he accused the U.S. of trying to capture Syrian territory by making use of proxies.
Meanwhile, for the past month has been is pursuing an offensive against Kurdish fighters in northwest Syria – a military operation whose name “Operation Olive Branch” pretty much wins 2018 in the irony category. Also this month, Israel launched its biggest strikes in Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war after one of its warplanes was shot down in the wake of the destruction of an apparent Iranian spy drone inside Israeli territory.
Israel’s prepared to act “not just against Iran’s proxies that are attacking us, but against Iran itself,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday at the Munich Security Conference.