Russian FM: Resolving Syria Crisis Not Dependent on US Elections Outcome

Russian FM: Resolving Syria Crisis Not Dependent on US Elections Outcome
Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:53:50

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that the track for resolving the crisis in Syria is stipulated by the UN Security Council resolution 2254, and it has nothing to do with the US elections outcome.

He said that in the past many US presidents failed to fulfill the promises they had made during presidential campaigns before winning the elections, according to SANA news agency.

Russia first wants to launch the political process for settling the crisis in Syria in January, and second, it wants the UN to select the delegation representing the opposition as to ensure it represents all sides, Lavrov said.

He stressed that the aforementioned resolution stated in very clear terms that there’s no place for terrorists at the negotiations table, and Russia questions some of the participants in recent meetings as they represent two terrorists organizations: Islam Army which targets Damascus and even the Russian Embassy with mortars, and Ahrar al-Sham, which is a direct offshoot of al-Qaeda.

Lavrov pointed out to the contradicting Western stances towards President Bashar al-Assad, noting that they considered him a fully legitimate president when it was about disposal of chemical weapons in Syria, but when it comes to the settlement of the crisis, the West turns around and insists that it won’t support the process unless there are guarantees that President al-Assad will have no role in the political process.

He also criticized the rude and brazen policy Turkey is adopting towards Iraq, and said that the alleged alliance to fight terrorism announced by Saudi Arabia follows the example of the Washington-led alliance in that it tries to divide governments into legitimate and illegitimate to suit its own interests.

The minister asserted that terrorism is no less a threat than chemical weapons, stressing the need to fight the economic causes of terrorism; IRNA reported.

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