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Lavrov: Ultimatums by Syrian opposition are short-sighted stance

February 03, 12:38 UTC+3
According to the minister, Russia will present its proposals for Syria ceasefire in Munich
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MUSCAT, February 3. /TASS/. Ultimatums put forward by the Syrian opposition at the Geneva negotiations are a short-sighted stance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

"The way I see it, some members of the opposition, formed according to a list in Riyadh, are too pampered by some sponsors, in particular, Turkey, who blocked the emergence of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party," he said.

"We agreed from the outset that the International Syria Support Group will be influencing the opposition and the government to ensure the negotiations proceed without any preconditions and be inclusive," Lavrov said. "Therefore, relying on foreign sponsors in that they will do the negotiations for you and putting forward ultimatums is an absolutely short-sighted stance having no prospects to succeed."

"What I am saying fully applies to the Lausanne group of the opposition. There are some capricious people there, too. They put preconditions that have nothing to do with the Geneva communique and the UN Security Council’s resolution 2254," he said.

Lavrov said that Russia hoped for and would take steps to ensure all delegations of the opposition and the government "be guided not by ambitions, but by the interests of the people," for which the above-mentioned documents must be used as the basis.

Russia to present in Munich its proposals for ceasefire in Syria

According to the minister, Russia will present in Munich its proposals for ceasefire in Syria.

"As for a specific aspect of ceasefire, we have very pragmatic considerations of our own on that score as to how to implement them in practice," Lavrov said. "We discussed that with the United States and a more specific discussion will follow in Munich at the International Syria Support Group on February 11," Lavrov said.

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