Russia’s permanent representative in the suspension of inter-Syrian negotiations the guilty opposition from Riyadh

Russia’s permanent representative in the suspension of inter-Syrian negotiations the guilty opposition from Riyadh

GENEVA, 4 February. Russia expects that the inter-Syrian negotiations will resume as soon as possible.

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This was stated by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN office at Geneva Alexei Borodavkin.

“We hope that they will resume as soon as possible and, in any case, not later than 25 February, he said. – We hope that on 11 February an international support group will help Syria in the case.”

“But the main role is for the parties to the conflict and UN special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura,” added the diplomat.

The special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Syria, on Wednesday announced in the negotiation process of the three-week break until February 25.

The reason for the suspension of the negotiations

The responsibility for the suspension of inter-Syrian talks in Geneva lies on the opposition’s delegation, formed following the meeting in Riyadh, said Borodavkin.

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“The reason for the suspension of the talks was the departure from Geneva of the opposition, who were elected by the conference of opponents of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Riyadh, he said. – And other parts of the opposition, formed in Moscow and Cairo, as well as the internal opposition, who arrived from Damascus, were ready to continue the negotiating process. The government delegation did not intend to go anywhere”.

The Borodavkin critically assessed the statements by the representatives of “the Riyadh group” to justify their position. “This group States that they leave Geneva due to the fact that the government delegation is not fulfilling their demands for humanitarian Affairs and due to the fact that the government armed forces supported by the Russian VKS come in Aleppo, he said. They and their patrons pretend not to know that the UN Security Council resolution 2254 was supposed to start intra-Syrian talks without preconditions. The government delegation and the delegation of the Moscow-Cairo opposition members have done so, have demonstrated a constructive approach”.

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The Borodavkin cited other examples of what Damascus, as well as opponents of Bashar al-Assad, who became close to Moscow and Cairo platforms, arrived in Geneva with the intention to negotiate. “First, the government delegation has accepted for consideration a list of persons for the release, which gave Riyadh the group, secondly, the government granted humanitarian access in the Madai. By the way, contrary to the agreements, the opposition is not reciprocated and does not let humanitarian convoys in al-Foy and Cepreu blocked “Ahrar al-sham” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”. Thirdly, Damascus did not protest even against the inclusion of the opposition in the delegation of the management of “Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-sham”, which is considered the Syrian government, and us as a terrorist organization.”

The reaction of the “group of Riyadh” raises questions

The defeat near Aleppo suffered “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” terrorist group recognized by Damascus and Moscow, concern “the Riyadh group” opposition ATS its defeat shows its relationships with this group, Borodavkin said, commenting on statements by representatives of opposition groups of Syria, formed following the meeting in Riyadh, that the fighting in the vicinity of Aleppo has had a negative impact on the negotiations in Geneva.

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“As for the attack on Aleppo, the question arises: why supposedly moderate opposition so worried due to the fact that the terrorists “dzhebhat EN – Nusra” defeated?”, – he said, Recalling that “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” terrorist organization, recognized as such by the UN Security Council.

“The answer, unfortunately, is clear: this opposition is associated with the “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”, which is a branch of al-Qaida, said Borodavkin.

“In this light, our Western partners, it would be useful to think about whom they Minister whom they support,” he added.

“Repeating the mistakes”

The purpose of a number of representatives of the Syrian opposition seems to be creating in Syria a corrected version is prohibited in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state”, but the international community expects a completely different, said Borodavkin.

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“In General the UN, which the Security Council entrusted to form an opposition delegation should meticulously relates to the composition of opposition groups, which the UN admits to the negotiations to check whether they accept UN security Council resolution 2254, he said. – The international community expects that the opposition will agree with Damascus on the construction of a democratic, secular and legal state in which are stored basic state institutions, will not happen the collapse of the state and its territorial disintegration. It should respect human rights, including the rights of national and religious minorities”.

The diplomat stressed that “Syria as a result of Politbureau should not become a slightly updated version of the “Islamic state”. “But it seems that some of the opposition that intends to achieve”, he added.

The Borodavkin noted that this raises the question – what do you think the representatives of Western countries that support the opposition-radicals. “It seems that this is a repeat of the mistakes that they have made over the last decade, – he said. – It is time to learn to avoid such serious foreign policy blunders”.

On the participation of the Kurds in negotiations

Syrian Kurds should participate in the next round of the negotiation process on Syria, said Borodavkin.

“We would like to speak on the inclusion in the opposition delegation of the Syrian Kurds, he said. – At the next stage of negotiations they should be involved in the process.”

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The Borodavkin stated that “first, the Syrian Kurds are the Syrian citizens and have the right to participate in determining the fate of their country, and secondly, none of the suggested issues on the agenda of the negotiations without the Kurds not to solve it: neither the joint anti-terror, nor by the announcement of the ceasefire, neither humanitarian nor political transition”.

The diplomat described as absurd the notion that if Syrian Kurds are not fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad, they cannot be considered the opposition. “The Syrian Kurds fight successfully with “DAYS” (Arabic name is prohibited in the Russian Federation the terrorist group “Islamic state”) and thereby save his homeland of Syria – from a terrorist threat, he said. And then, the political opposition, the ranks of which consists of Syrian Kurds is a legitimate participant in the talks, especially since they participated in the Moscow and Cairo conferences. That is, they have the right to participate in the negotiations and from this point of view.”


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).