Churkin: International community should press supporters of terrorism in Syria

New York, SANA-Russia’s permanent envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin called on the international community to press the sides which support terrorist organizations in Syria, among them Jabhat al-Nusra, instead of pressing the Syrian government, demanding the EU to keep channels of communications open with Syria.

“It is necessary to understand that pressures on Damascus will not lead to achieving the aspired-for result, but those who support terrorists should be pressed, including al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra,” Russia Today quoted churkin as saying at a special meeting between the UN and the European Union on Monday.

He added that some members at “al-Riyadh opposition delegation” form a basic obstacle in front of realizing a political solution for the crisis in Syria.

Churkin called on the EU to keep channels of dialogue with the Syrian authorities open, adding that Moscow welcomes the meeting which was held between Head of the Syrian Arab Republic’s delegation Bashar al-Jaafari and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini last March in Geneva.


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