Lavrov denied reports that Riyadh had invited Russia to join the coalition the US


MOSCOW, October 13. In Riyadh have significantly strengthened the understanding of Russia’s position on Syria. This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with NTV television.

Answering the question of whether the fact appeared in the Western media reported that representatives of Saudi Arabia during his visit to Russia was offered to join the US-led coalition, the Minister stressed: “It is not true. I heard more about some of the statements of some sources that warned us that there will be disastrous consequences. Absolutely not.” “The conversation was about the need to coordinate the efforts, – said Lavrov. It was clearly confirmed that we are fighting the terrorism that we are fighting with the Patriotic Syrian opposition.”

“On the contrary, we want to this the Patriotic Syrian opposition to coordinate and help her to win back the terrorists territory as we help the Syrian army recapturing towns after we inflict strikes on the positions of the ISIL (the former name of the terrorist group “Islamic state” organization is forbidden in Russia – approx.TASS), “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” and other terrorist groupings, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. – We are ready to help Patriotic opposition, which we must submit, with which we have to meet. We are absolutely ready for this”.

Lavrov stressed that the successor of the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, who recently visited Sochi, “was an honest and Frank conversation” during which allayed the concerns of Riyadh concerning Russia’s objectives in the SAR. “Existing concerns by the Saudi colleagues that we have other goals in Syria and that, helping the Syrian army, we are fighting terrorism, and saving the regime, all those concerns were dispelled, – the Minister said. We explained our true purpose, we do not conceal them. I think the understanding of our position has strengthened significantly”.