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Russia Seeks ‘Honest’ Cooperation in Syria: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Wednesday that Russia seeks "honest cooperation" for a political solution in Syria -- "the sooner the better."

Speaking at the start of an official visit to Greece on Wednesday, Lavrov expressed hope that Moscow's partners would draw the necessary conclusions aimed at honest cooperation... for a political process involving both the government and opposition forces in Syria; Press TV reported.

We must come to an agreement, the sooner the better," he added.

The top Russian diplomat further warned that support for extremists fighting to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is hindering attempts to settle the crisis.

"Unfortunately... there is sabotage carried out against efforts for a political solution, against the UN Security Council resolution, because some support the extremists who seek to oust the Damascus government, Lavrov said.

The 15-member council unanimously passed a resolution 2249 last November, condemning terrorist attacks and calling on member states to act against al-Qaeda-affiliated militants and the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group wreaking havoc mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Additionally, Lavrov accused Washington of not doing enough to implement the motion.

At the time of adopting the resolution, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged severing links with terrorists, but "almost a year has passed and we await these words to be carried out," he said.

The Russian foreign minister also accused the United States of repeatedly "withdrawing" from peace efforts in Syria's battered Aleppo.

Source: Al Alam


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