Permanent representative of Russia to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin urged the leadership of the Syrian opposition to abandon the stubborn idea that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must resign.
“There are some key set up, to be followed by the opposition in the inter-Syrian negotiations is the support of the cessation of hostilities and a commitment to the fight against terrorists of ISIS (a terrorist group banned in Russia – approx. ed.) and “al-Nusra Dzhebhat” (a terrorist group banned in Russia – approx. ed.), the rejection of demands for the immediate resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and willingness to negotiate with the government on the elements of political reform in accordance with UN security Council resolution 2254… Radikalnye demands of the opposition, first of all for Assad’s resignation, hampering the progress in the Geneva negotiations. Unfortunately, these categorical approaches supported by certain Western and middle Eastern countries. Recently, however, our partners from among the “friends of Syria” still, gradually sobering, they revise their unrealistic approaches, he explained. – This is primarily due to the fact that the armed forces of the SAR, with the support of the Russian space forces actually defeated the terrorists in Syria,” he said.