Russian Foreign Ministry: US refuses to work to identify terrorists in Aleppo

Moscow, SANA-Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov announced on Tuesday that the US refuses to work to identify and sort terrorists in Aleppo.

He pointed out that the problem lies in that the US and its relevant structures are unwilling to actually work on distinguishing between the terrorists and the opposition in the areas where terrorist groups are operating.

He noted that “the US and Syrian opposition had used the situation in Aleppo to hinder the talks in Geneva, and instead of dealing seriously with the information that Russia provided about the violations of the cessation of hostilities, they presented politicized demands that threaten to abort the talks.”

He added that there is a plan to resolve the issues related to the violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement, adding that the violations have recently become less frequent.

The Russian diplomat said that Aleppo issue is being politicized to the fullest and so is the issue of humanitarian aid, noting that the Syrian government has allowed international humanitarian organizations to provide aid and opened the roads to a number of residential areas.

He said Moscow hopes that the current round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva will achieve progress despite of the existing differences.

Ryabkov confirmed that Russia will not negotiate with anybody about the issues related to the future structure of the Syrian government or any figures which will occupy this post or that.

About the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Ryabkov reaffirmed that this is not the subject of negotiations which Russia is participating in.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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