Lavrov urges respect for Syria sovereignty in planned anti-ISIL action

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, insisted that an international crackdown on the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group that is being organized by the United States involve "unquestionable respect for the sovereignty of Syria."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday, insisted that an international crackdown on the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group that is being organized by the United States involve "unquestionable respect for the sovereignty of Syria."

"On exchanging opinions on forms of action against the Islamic State terrorist group, Lavrov stressed the importance of coordinated action by the international community against this threat, action that should be free from double standards. He called for avoiding the distortion of any facts in the Syrian context. He specially emphasized the need for strict compliance with the UN Charter and international law and for unquestionable respect for the sovereignty of Syria in the implementation of the plans for the coalition that is being formed by the United States, including the military operation," the ministry told Interfax.

It said the phone call had been requested by the American side.

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