Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the so-called “Jaish Al-Islam” and “Ahrar Sham” groups are cooperating with Nusra Front terrorist group and they are excluded from the ceasefire regime in Syria.
Speaking on Syria on Monday, the top Russian diplomat stressed that the resolution stipulates that ceasefire would begin when all sides agree on its nature.
“Any interpretations are hardly possible here, just like interpretations on who will be covered by the proposed ceasefire … are impossible,” Lavrov said, adding that Syrian government’s operations against terrorists and their allies did not run counter to the resolution.
The UN Security Council adopted resolution 2401 that urges all parties to the Syrian conflict to immediately stop all clashes and obey a long-term humanitarian pause on the entire territory of the country. The meeting of the council was called for after violence in Eastern Ghouta has escalated in the last week.
Eastern Ghouta, located near Damascus, is controlled by “Jaysh al-Islam” and other armed groups as well as Nusra Front terrorist group. The insurgents are trying to break the ceasefire by attempting to provoke the backfire from the Syrian army.
Meanwhile, Lavrov stated that the US may undermine the Syrian peace process by accusing Damascus of war crimes.
“The attempts to tarnish, defame the government forces, with the use of media reports accusing [Damascus] of all mortal sins, of war crimes will continue in order to realize the [US intentions] that we already observe in the eastern areas of the Syrian Arab Republic, where the United States is implementing the scenario of creating a quasi-state — the scenario of the breakup of Syria,” he said.