Lavrov: Any anti-terrorism coordination on Syria cannot be implemented without separating opposition from terrorists

Vladivostok, SANA-Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed on Friday that any agreements with the United States on coordinating counter-terrorism efforts in Syria will not be implemented till the so-called “opposition” is separated from terrorists.

During a press conference following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok city, Lavrov said that Russia is holding talks with US on a mechanism to coordinate efforts on Syria and it counts on it.

“Near-daily and weekly contacts are held between the Russian and US military and intelligence services in order to develop this mechanism. We expect that this work will be completed in the very near future,” Lavrov added.

He pointed out that the situation when Jabhat al-Nusra uses Syrian opposition to avoid strikes cannot continue forever.

“Many groups that Americans consider acceptable for negotiations have in fact allied with al-Nusra. Al-Nusra, meanwhile, uses them to escape attacks. This is a situation that cannot continue indefinitely,” Lavrov told reports, adding that this important issue relies on the possibility of the implementation of coordinating efforts to fight terrorism.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

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