Zakharova: the Western-backed Syrian opposition may go the way of al-Qaida

Zakharova: the Western-backed Syrian opposition may go the way of al-Qaida

MOSCOW, February 16. Formed with the support of the United States and Turkey, “the Riyadh group” the Syrian opposition could turn into a structure like al-Qaida. This opinion was expressed by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in an interview with TV channel RT.

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“We’re very similar picture remember from “al-Qaeda” and, for example, with bin Laden… It was created by the United States of America, it was their project. And they were just talking about that this is the same Taliban, the same representative who fights for their country’s future. This is the “fighter for the future of the country” then flew the planes to new York to kill American citizens”, – said the diplomat.

According to Zakharova, the actions established in Riyadh groups of the Syrian opposition caused the failure of Syrian peace talks in Geneva in early February.

“Our colleagues, a large number of countries, and the USA, and Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, and many others – was responsible for the so-called “Riyadh group” of the opposition. Remember the effort it cost just to get them only to come. Not to start a dialogue, but only to come. This is, by and large, the same opposition that eats from your hand most of these countries. And they do not have the ability even to influence. Remember what ended the negotiations. They ended with “the Riyadh group” stood in a pose and left them,” she said.

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Speaking about actions of the Russian Federation HQs in Syria, Zakharova stressed that they have not and will not purpose other than terrorists.

In Moscow “closely monitor the real situation on the ground and stuffing information from some of the capitals”. “The aerospace defence forces of Russia help the Syrian army, Kurdish self-defense units and the units of the Syrian Patriotic opposition to repel the “Islamic state” (IG), “dzhebhat EN-nusra” (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) and other terrorists, – said Zakharov. – Other goals of the Russian military pilots in Syria never was and never will be”.

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“Accusations against Russia that are invented in Washington and repeated in Paris, London, Riyadh and Ankara that the Russian VKS allegedly beaten up not by the goals achieved and violate the Munich agreement, cause, at least, surprising, – noted she. – Strange to hear anything about care about saving the lives of people from countries that are bombing hospitals in Afghanistan and deliver cluster munitions for attacks on civilian targets in Yemen”.

With regard to settlements in Northern Syria, which are mentioned in the statements of these capitals, “in the course of contacts some of our partners literally begged “not to touch” the corridor has a length of slightly less than 100 km on the Syrian-Turkish border around Azusa”. “In fact, it is evident that this was done to ensure further and a daily recharge of the IG, “dzhebhat EN-nusra” and other terrorist groups through this area by Turkey with weapons, ammunition, food and to give the opportunity to pass through it to the terrorists, – said in comments. – Clear now and the Turkish statements that, saying that Ankara will not allow the taking Azaza units of the Syrian Kurds who, on top of which, allegedly, have to back the Syrian Minah airfield, liberated from the militants “dzhebhat EN-nusra” group, which, recall, is listed in the terrorist list of the UN”.

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“Then at least seem odd reasoning of the Turkish leadership regarding respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the countries of the region that Ankara is keeping its troops on the Iraqi territory without the consent of Baghdad, and now dictates who should be in a particular part of Syria”, – said Zakharov.

Moscow urged “all partners to the implementation of agreed during the meeting of the International group support Syria to the Munich decisions, full implementation of UN security Council resolution 2254 and agreed “Vienna format” principles that represent a real basis for a political and lasting settlement in Syria in the interests of all Syrians, without exception”, said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry.