Gatilov: Russia hopes that the talks in Geneva will allow to launch a political process in Syria


GENEVA, 1 February. Russia expects that the current talks in Geneva will allow to launch a political process in Syria. This was stated on arrival in Switzerland, Deputy foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.

“Our expectations that the process will be that the current meeting will start movement towards a political settlement,” – said the Deputy Minister.

He said that will meet on Monday in Geneva with special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura, head of the American party and the party of the Syrian Kurds.

Moscow is convinced that the representative of grouping “Jaish al-Islam” has no place in the delegation at the talks in Geneva, said the Gatilov.

“We have always said that for us it (“Jaish al-Islam” – approx.) – a terrorist organization – said a senior diplomat. – Believe that they have no place in the composition of the delegation”. However, according to Gatilov, the decision should be made by the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria.

As previously reported, the representative of “Jaish al-Islam” Mohammed Alloush, is planning to arrive in Geneva on Monday night. Some representatives of the opposition declare that he will be one of the main negotiators. However, this issue, according to sources in the various delegations, still remains open.