Moscow still expects Washington to meet its commitments on the separation of opposition from terrorists in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is currently on a two-day visit to Greece, said on Wednesday.
“I remember well that when we adopted this resolution (on Syria) John Kerry said that those who want to take part in the settlement should immediately break ties with terrorists. These were the golden words, and we still expect that they will be put into action and confirmed,” Lavrov said at the meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Lavrov recalled that the UN Security Council resolution was passed after lengthy talks chaired by Russia and the US as part of the International Syria Support Group. The document outlined the comprehensive approach towards resolving the Syrian crisis.
“The resolution stipulates the immediate launch of political talks without preconditions, easing the humanitarian situation that in many parts of Syria is just critical and envisages uncompromising struggle against terrorists. Those opposition groups that want to take part in the political settlement should break all relations with ISIL (former name of IS terrorist group) and Jabhat Al-Nusra and separate themselves from them,” he said.
At the height of the Arab spring, Moscow called to solve all issues not through regime change, but through an inclusive political dialogue between all ethnic and religious groups in Egypt, Libya and Syria, Russia’s top diplomat said. The situation later stabilized in Egypt, and Moscow backs this process. “In Libya, unfortunately, there is no state, it needs to be created from scratch. The UN is dealing with this issue, and we try to support this,” he added.