Russia has made anti-terrorism Committee of the UN security Council a request for the inclusion in the sanctions list of the groups of “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam”, said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
“On 26 April the Russian delegation has made to anti-terrorist Committee of the UN security Council (1267/1989/2253) on sanctions against ISIL and al-Qaida in the application for inclusion in the sanctions list of this subsidiary body of the UN of the “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam”, — said in a written statement Churkin (quoted by TASS). The reason for this step, he said, “are the information that these groups fighting in Syria, closely linked to terrorist organizations, especially ISIS and “al-Qaeda” (both activities prohibited in Russia).
The envoy explained that Russia “has started preparatory work on the promotion of their application to the Committee several months ago”. However, with the beginning of the next phase of peace talks on Syria “has decided to take a break so as not to disturb the peace process and dialogue between the parties, which are not simple.” “At the present time, in conditions of repeated violations by groups of “Ahrar al-sham and Jaish al-Islam” the ceasefire in Syria, the Russian side has decided to resume the promotion of our requests for summary data structures under the sanctions regime against ISIL and al-Qaida — said Churkin.
The introduction of groups in the list of counterterrorist Committee of the UN security Council would bring them from the effects of the ceasefire in Syria and will inflict on them blows. The ceasefire in Syria is valid from February 27. An agreement was reached with the involvement of Moscow and Washington. Currently, the truce does not apply to “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”, as well as other organizations recognized by the UN security Council terrorist.