Russia currently cannot separate the moderate opposition from terrorists in Syria and the West cannot help it with that, Russian presidential press officer Dmitry Peskov said.
"One has so far not been able to locate any moderate forces in the colorful range of various terrorist and extremist organizations that pose a threat to the territorial and political integrity of Syria," he said.
"Unfortunately, our American, European, or other colleagues cannot help us with this identification. They cannot point to any so-called moderate forces," Peskov said.
Peskov recalled that the Russian administration has more than once stated its readiness to work with the moderate opposition since the very beginning of the military operation in Syria.
"At the same time, one had to emphasize every time that the so-called moderate opposition cannot be differentiated," he said.
In that regard, Peskov admitted that Russia has so far not achieved significant results in the search for the moderate opposition in Syria.
He also said one needs to operate under the assumption that the main task in the current situation in Syria is the fight against terrorism and extremism and "in this case one cannot be moderate or not moderate terrorist."
In that regard, Peskov was asked whether that means that Bashar Assad during the negotiations with Vladimir Putin essentially expressed his consent to work with the moderate opposition within the framework of the fight against terrorism.
"Did Putin say anything different yesterday?" Peskov said, referring to the presidential speech given at the Valdai International Discussion Club.
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