Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Washington should stop “trespass[ing] in Syria” and stop its bombing of the country’s opposition forces.
Putin’s comments come after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview with CBS News Sunday that Russia has been trying to help Syrian President Bashar Assad stay in power for a year.
The Russian leader said that the U.N. has not taken any steps to stop Russia’s bombing of Syrian territory, but that Russia’s involvement in the conflict has caused “tremendous damage” to Syrian people.
“We have done our utmost, but we are not being treated by the international community with the respect we deserve,” Putin said.
He said that Russia would stop “spreading propaganda” about the Syrian conflict, and that it would not tolerate U.L.G.s role in the Syrian crisis.
“Russia is against this policy.
Russia has no place to stay in Syria.
We will never allow any interference in Syria,” Putin added.
Kerry, in his CBS interview, also called for a cease-fire in Syria and called for “more cooperation” between the United States and Russia.
We will work together to achieve that, and I’m confident that we can reach an agreement on this.”