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Lavrov marks role of Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria

April 27, 2016, 10:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the foreign minister, the activity of Russia's military has created conditions for a ceasefire, for deliveries of humanitarian aid and for establishing the process of political settlement

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MOSCOW, April 27./TASS/. Activity of the Russian Aerospace Forces in cooperation with the Syrian government troops and later with representatives of the opposition, has forced terrorists to retreat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the 5th Moscow International Security Conference on Wednesday.

Their activity "has created conditions for a ceasefire, for deliveries of humanitarian aid to affected regions and for establishing the process of political settlement," the minister said. "This has become possible also within the context of cooperation between Russia and the United States," the top diplomat marked.

The foreign minister also pointed out that Russia insists on participation of the Kurds in intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

"We continue insisting that the Syrian Kurds be involved in the talks on the future of their country in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254," he said.

Impermissible to use terrorists as instruments

Lavrov called for analyzing mistakes and not using terrorists as instruments.

"There are many hurdles on the path of fighting terrorism. In order to defeat terrorist aggression, it is necessary to thoroughly analyze mistakes and refuse actions and decisions that pushed the Middle East to the ramp of general degradation," he said.

"It is necessary to recognize the right of peoples to decide on their future by themselves, and not enforce values on them from the outside," the foreign minister added. "It is impermissible to use terrorists as instruments for reaching political goals," he concluded.

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