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Russia: External Syrian opposition groups 'losing their influence' - Lavrov02:40

Russia: External Syrian opposition groups 'losing their influence' - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 22, 2017 at 11:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Ahmad Jarba, former chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and current leader of the Syria's Tomorrow Movement, in Moscow, Thursday. Russia's top diplomat stated that “those representatives of the external opposition who became used to acting mainly on the basis of ultimatums, preliminary conditions and who, honestly speaking, were promoting the ideas of their external sponsors rather than the Syrian people, are gradually losing their influence.”

Lavrov and Jarba discussed the current situation in Syria, including the efforts of both sides on “the resolution and the unification among opposition forces on the principles of patriotism in particular.”

Jarba praised Russia for its role in attempting to resolve the Syrian crisis, saying: “Intra-Syrian dialogue is necessary between opposition and pro-government forces, between all forces, in order to find a way to resolve the crisis. And the role of Russia is very important in this regulation.”

Russia: External Syrian opposition groups 'losing their influence' - Lavrov02:40
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Ahmad Jarba, former chairman of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces and current leader of the Syria's Tomorrow Movement, in Moscow, Thursday. Russia's top diplomat stated that “those representatives of the external opposition who became used to acting mainly on the basis of ultimatums, preliminary conditions and who, honestly speaking, were promoting the ideas of their external sponsors rather than the Syrian people, are gradually losing their influence.”

Lavrov and Jarba discussed the current situation in Syria, including the efforts of both sides on “the resolution and the unification among opposition forces on the principles of patriotism in particular.”

Jarba praised Russia for its role in attempting to resolve the Syrian crisis, saying: “Intra-Syrian dialogue is necessary between opposition and pro-government forces, between all forces, in order to find a way to resolve the crisis. And the role of Russia is very important in this regulation.”

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