Russian FM says Iran can legitimately stay in Syria

Sergey Lavrov notes terms for new ceasefire agreement don’t include an Iranian pullout

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that a recently announced agreement on the terms of a ceasefire in Syria did not include a Russian commitment to ensure Iran-linked militias would be pulled out of the country.

Lavrov said Iran maintained a “legitimate” presence in Syria, according to the Interfax news agency.