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Demands of Assad’s resignation in tune with terrorists’ logic — Russian Foreign Ministry

October 14, 2015, 11:33 UTC+3

In the past, the world community did not urge to agree to their demands with regard to combating terrorism, it spoke with one voice, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson says

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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MOSCOW, October 14. /TASS/. The demands for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are in line with terrorists’ logic, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a press briefing on Wednesday.

"They try to persuade us that, if Assad resigns, the terrorist activity will decline, as the Islamic State [terrorist group] is waging a war because of Assad. This is the direct implementation of terrorists' logic, one cannot interpret these statements otherwise," she said.

"It’s very odd to hear the civilized world suggesting meeting terrorists’ requirements," Zakharova noted. "In the past, when international terrorism and terrorist attacks were discussed, the world spoke with one voice and acted very resolutely, nobody said, "Let’s meet terrorists’ demands to reduce their influence and minimize the impact."

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces is unable to confirm the status of the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people, Maria Zakharova went on to say.

"We note that the Syrian National Coalition based in Istanbul, which has declared a boycott to efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is losing its weight and influence day by day," she noted. "There is a clear failure of the Istanbul-based opposition to confirm the status of the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people carefully maintained by it."

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