Russia seeks ‘honest’ cooperation in Syria- Lavrov

November 2, 2016 | By | Reply More

Nov 01, – Russia seeks “honest cooperation” for a political solution in Syria — “the sooner the better,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Russia cooperation in Syria“We hope our partners will draw the necessary conclusions (so that) we will all aim for honest cooperation… for a political process involving both the government and opposition forces,” Lavrov said at the start of an official visit to Greece.

“We must come to an agreement, the sooner the better,” he said.

However, Lavrov insisted that Washington help enforce a November 2015 United Nations Security Council resolution condemning support for extremist groups in Syria.

“When we adopted this resolution, I remember US Secretary of State John Kerry’s words. He said: ‘Whoever wants to be part of (the political) process must sever links to terrorists’,” Lavrov said through a translator.

“Almost a year has passed and we await these words to be carried out,” he added.

Russia has accused the US-led coalition of failing to rein in hardline Syrian rebels, warning that the chances of a political settlement to the crisis was now remote.

“The United States are a great power, but that does not mean that everyone else must play by America’s terms,” Lavrov said. “If they follow this policy we will not be able to do anything in the world.”

In turn, the West has accused Moscow of committing possible war crimes in Aleppo through indiscriminate bombing to support a brutal Syrian government offensive.

Moscow has been conducting a bombing campaign in Syria in support of long-time ally Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.

More than 300,000 people have been killed since Syria’s war devolved from a widespread protest movement against Assad’s rule in March 2011 to a multi-front war between rebels, jihadists, Kurds and regime forces.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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