US President Donald Trump and his administration are sending mixed signals regarding the US’ troops withdrawal from Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated during a joint press conference with Kazakhstan’s counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi in Nur-Sultan on Wednesday.
"I find it difficult to say what is wrong with the US actions in Syria, but the fact that they are full of contradictions and reflect the incompatibility of our US colleagues is an already established fact for me," the foreign minister said.
Lavrov said that Moscow had urged both the Syrian government and the Kurdish side to start dialogue in order to solve problems on the Syria-Turkey border following Trump's phone discussion with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ankara said on Tuesday that preparations for a military operation against the US-backed Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria were complete. On Monday, US President Donald Trump threatened to 'obliterate' Turkey's economy if Ankara did something 'off limits'.