The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Washington to be patient in resolving the Syrian issue. He was commenting on a statement by U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, who said that the patience of the United States concerning a settlement in Syria and the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad comes to an end.
“I saw the statement, was surprised, usually John (behaves) like a seasoned politician, I don’t know what happened. And saw the clarification made by the representative of the state Department. Still, I should probably be less impatient, or more patient, especially since President Obama has repeatedly said that his administration is pursuing a policy of strategic patience,” Lavrov said (quoted by “Interfax”).
The diplomat noted that Russia had not made any promises regarding the fate of Assad. Representatives of the Russian Federation in the course of resolving the conflict are guided by the agreements reached in the international support group Syria, which was enshrined in UN security Council resolutions, he said.
According to Lavrov, progress in resolving the Syrian situation is not because all parties involved in the negotiations. Guilty of this, according to him, US who are not trying to influence their allies.
“To ensure that these people (the representatives of the Syrian opposition groups) sat at the table in full compliance with the clear mandate of the Security Council, and not our fault, but the fault of our American partners, who for some reason can’t or don’t want to press its allies in the region, and these allies in the region take categorical positions”, – quotes its “Interfax”.
As an example, Lavrov said about the Kurds, the negotiation process does not admit Turkey, as well as about the opposition Syrian Supreme Committee for negotiations.
“The Turks will not let the Kurds, and the so-called self-appointed Higher Committee for negotiation refuses to accept members of other opposition groups as equals and demands to be recognized as the chief negotiator. Although the resolution is written that the negotiations should be representative of all Syrian groups, including Riyadh, the Higher Committee of the so-called Moscow group and Cairo”, – quotes its RIA “Novosti”.
The foreign Minister also expressed concern about the delay of the US in the fight against banned in Russia grouping “dzhebhat an-Nusra”. The impression that Americans support it, the diplomat said.
“Now the Americans are telling us that they can’t remove the “good” opposition to those positions, which is “dzhebhat an-Nusra”, and that they will need another two or three months… I Have the impression that there is some kind of game, and “an-Nusra” I want to, maybe keep in some form, and then use to overthrow the regime (Assad)… I have Kerry asked, he swears and swears that it is not. But we need to see then, why the Americans, with all their possibilities can’t withdraw from the territories controlled by bandits and terrorists, those groups with which the United States work,” he explained.
According to Lavrov, Russia will not stop fighting with the group. “And to stop the bombing is to give “an-Nusra” the opportunity to further strengthen due to smuggling, which is a broad stream continues to come from Turkey: and fighters, and the military equipment and weapons”, – said the head of the foreign Ministry.
The diplomat noted that the communication channels of the American and Russian militaries work very well. The Russian side regularly provides partners with its own data on the location of terrorists.
February 22, Russia and the United States issued a joint statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria since February 27. According to the agreement, the parties fighting in Syria, was to confirm Russia or USA its commitment to the ceasefire. The truce in Syria does not extend to the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, DAISH, is prohibited in Russia) and other organizations recognized as terrorist by the UN Security Council.
The observance of the cessation of hostilities in Syria continue to follow two Russian on the basis Hamim and American in Amman (Jordan). These centers received and analyzed information on violations of the cessation of hostilities.
Armed conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. Government troops to confront a gang of militants belonging to various armed groups. In the West, these structures are often referred to armed opposition. Its goal is to overthrow the incumbent. According to the UN, the conflict has claimed the lives of more than 220 thousand people.