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Saturday, June 24, 2017

“Lavrov told about the background of the withdrawal of troops from Syria”


A decision on partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria was made without the expectation of praise, however, has the right to expect reciprocal steps from the West. Such a statement after the talks, Vladimir Putin met with king of Morocco was made by the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.


photo: kremlin.ru

“Our decision on partial cessation of operations assumes that the tasks on strengthening the combat capability of the executed, the Syrian army regained its position in key areas, and the terrorists suffered major damage,” he said.

Lavrov drew attention to the fact that the decision to withdraw was taken on the first day of Syrian peace talks: “I accidentally say “beginning” because that was in January, the beginning of a negotiation cannot be considered as one of the opposition groups immediately began to put forward ultimatums”. Now about any ultimatums. Even the Riyadh group (opposition forces under the control of Saudi Arabia – “MK”), unlike the January sentiment, according to Lavrov, “ready to negotiate on the basis of mutual consent with the Syrian government”.

The head of the Russian foreign Ministry stressed that the decision on partial withdrawal of the grouping was made “not in order to please somebody and not to somebody praised”. “We proceeded from the interests of the Syrian people and to mobilize international support in fighting terrorism. These goals are achieved,” he stressed.

However, Russia hopes that the Western partners will take steps in response and will impact on subordinate groups so that they took a constructive stance at the Geneva talks.

Lavrov stressed that “the US such actions are already visible” – cooperation between the Russian military in Syria and American military based in Jordan, there is a coordination of evaluations, who performs the ceasefire and what groups are willing to join the process of political settlement.

However, Russia still expects greater trust and openness from the United States, gave to understand Lavrov. “We transferred the data with the exact coordinates and persons who may be contacted, and would like to see the Americans also informed us about the groups that have joined the cessation of hostilities”, – complained the White house foreign Minister.

He expressed hope that the talks in Geneva all participants, including the Moscow-Cairo, Riyadh and Mayminsky group will be guided by the interests of their people and lay aside personal ambitions to achieve so necessary for Syria and the world community consent.

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