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ASTANA, March 15. /TASS/. Russia, Iran and Turkey are combining maps drawn up in order to separate the Syrian opposition groups from terrorists, said Alexander Lavrentyev, Russian Special Presidential Representative for settling the Syrian crisis and head of the Russian delegation to the Astana talks.
According to him, the separation issue is particularly important. "The work on it has been in progress for quite a long time already," the Russian diplomat noted. "For six months, we have been trying to separate the moderate opposition from the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra (both terror groups outlawed in Russia), particularly cooperating with the United States. Only after agreements were signed on December 29, 2016, we managed to facilitate the work."
"We have received rather detailed information from both Turkey and Iran, so now we are combining maps indicating the areas controlled by the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra," Lavrentyev went on to say. "Jordan, whose representatives attended the meeting as observers, has been really helpful in this matter, we have been maintaining rather close contact with them. While working on the maps, we will definitely take into account the information that they provided."
"This work is highly important as it may help us ensure security in the regions controlled by the moderate opposition," the Russian diplomat added. "We have also been trying to persuade the Syrian armed opposition to provide us assistance in defining areas controlled by Jebhat al-Nusra."