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ST. PETERSBURG, May 19. /TASS/. Syrian government troops’ operations do not breach the ceasefire regime in Syria in any way, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Thursday.
"When the ceasefire regime was discussed, Jabhat al-Nusra [outlawed in Russia] and other terrorist organizations on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list were excluded from it," Gatilov said.
"There is full understanding that the ceasefire regime does not apply to these terrorist groupings. And, naturally, all military operations conducted in Syria are aimed at eliminating these terrorist groupings. From this viewpoint, the Syrian troops’ operations do not breach in any way the accords reached," Gatilov said in reply to a journalists’ request to comment on the accusations addressed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Kerry said at a May 17 press conference on the results of a session of the International Syria Support Group that President Assad had clearly violated UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which implied a complete ceasefire without any exceptions and the delivery of humanitarian aid not only in one place but throughout the country.
Kerry specially mentioned the Syrian government troops’ military operations near Aleppo and Latakia. He also accused Damascus of signing oil deals with the Islamic State terrorist organization (outlawed in Russia).