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Lavrov: US cannot in fact break Syrian opposition from terrorists

August 17, 2016, 13:12 UTC+3

According to the diplomat, the directions of Russia-US joint work now allow switching to a coordinated and a more efficient cooperation in the fight against terrorists

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MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. The United States has in fact acknowledged that it has been unable to separate the opposition in Syria from terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"Regrettably, our partners in fact acknowledged that they cannot do this," Lavrov said. "But we are not making a tragedy out of this." "The directions of our work now allow switching to a coordinated and a more efficient cooperation in the fight against terrorists," he added.

According to the diplomat, Russian and US special services, military are discussing certain mechanisms of settlement in Syria. In particular, Moscow is discussing steps to ensure control over Castello Road from the Turkish border to Syria’s Aleppo.

"We are discussing the opportunities of ensuring control over the so-called Castello Road to the Aleppo area from the Syrian-Turkish border with both the US and UN representatives," he said on Wednesday .

"We are considering ways to strengthen the humanitarian initiative in Aleppo with the United States and UN colleagues," Lavrov said. "As you know, there is a network of humanitarian corridors. One of the corridors is meant for militants who have realized the fruitfulness of their actions."

"By the way, they can leave with weapons. And these proposals remain in force and these corridors are open," he added.

Opportunities for creating more routes to deliver aid to eastern and western Aleppo are also being discussed.

"We are also discussing with the US and UN the possibility of extra routes of humanitarian aid delivery to eastern and western Aleppo, which is under the control of militants," the minister said.

"The main task is to organize coordination in settling the Syrian crisis," Lavrov said.

"This is being discussed among the militaries, special services and foreign policy bodies. We’re discussing in all these formats - at the level of the Foreign Ministry, the military and the intelligence services - specific mechanisms of implementing the accords reached during a visit by the US Secretary of State to Moscow on July 15," the Russian foreign minister said.

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