Russia is taking steps for expanding the list of Syrian opposition groups that have joined truce.
“We are working for the expansion of the range of truce participants. We wish it to incorporate more armed opposition groups. What complicates the process is a reverse movement is in progress. Those who support the terrorist organization Jabhat al-Nusra have been trying to attract more armed groups, thereby tearing them away from the Astana process”- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
He noted that the situation “on the ground” in Syria is very complicated. “There are many actors with arms in their hands there. First, this is certainly the Syrian army and contingents of Russia’s Aerospace Forces supporting it, Iranian contingents and Hezbollah that help the government to combat terrorism upon its request.”,- the minister listed.
Also Lavrov called on other countries that have armed forces in Syria to focus on war on terror. “There is a special ops unit of some Western countries there and Turkey’s armed forces in Syria, and certainly the US-led coalition. If these forces are used to combat terrorism, the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, I think the result could be achieved rather quickly and be positive,” he said.
“The steps taken by the United States and its western allies, who opposed sending experts to find out the truth on the scene of the alleged chemical weapons incident, are rather alarming because behind them, there is an attempt to find a pretext to refrain from implementing the UN Security Council resolution on political settlement as well as to shift the global community’s attention to creating pretexts for changing the regime,” the Russian top diplomat said.
Lavrov pointed out that a vast majority of the United Nations member states did not approve of such course. “I believe, those supporting the Astana platform set up by Russia and Turkey with Iran’s assistance, also do not agree”.