Russia does not welcome the U.S. decision to allocate $500 million to the armed opposition in Syria but hopes this money "will not flow to the wrong hands," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We did not welcome the U.S.' decision to allocate $500 million to support the armed opposition in Syria, but I wouldn't state that Washington has allocated this money to support terrorists," Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
Russia is maintaining regular contacts with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, he said.
"The U.S. lacks the understanding of the danger that terrorist groups in Syria and other countries of the region pose to interests of regional and global security, and our American partners, with whom we have been discussing all aspects of this situation quite thoroughly, have assured us that they would provide only non-lethal assistance and only to groups that would distance themselves from terrorists," Lavrov said.
"I expect that this will be exactly the case and that this assistance won't flow to the wrong hands," he said.
At the same time, Lavrov insisted that, instead of "pumping up" one of the parties to the crisis in Syria, it would be more appropriate to use one's influence to persuade the conflicting parties to sit at the negotiating table.
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