Syrian opposition should leave positions of terrorists and disassociate itself from them if it wants to participate in the political process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
"We agreed long ago that groups that found themselves on the positions of terrorists but that are not terrorists and want to participate in the political process, should leave the territories of terrorist positions," Lavrov said. "They should disassociate and physically leave these positions," he added.
According to the minister, the United States has been refusing to meet its commitments for two months already on taking away the Syrian opposition cooperating with it from the terrorists’ positions.
"We agreed with the Americans that they will use their influence on these "good opposition members" and will take them out of there so that no one prevents to destroy the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra. The firm promise of the US that it gave to us to carry out this demarcation has not been fulfilled for two months already," he said.
The diplomat pointed out that Turkey has a decisive influence on the Riyadh group of the Syrian opposition
"In order to come to terms over six months it is necessary not to slam the door and dig in heels, as several delegates of the so-called Riyadh group have done. Although, Turkey has a decisive influence on them, it’s no secret," the foreign minister said commenting on the progress of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Lavrov has also noted that Russia is preparing a report to the Security Council of the United Nations with the aim of expanding the list of terrorists in Syria.
"We are currently collecting information that Jebhat al-Nusra [terrorist organization banned in Russia] subjugates groups that seemed to have declared truce and readiness to join ceasefire," Lavrov said adding that "we will summarize facts and present them to UN Security Council to adjust terrorist lists."
First published by TASS.
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.