Russian, US Positions on Defining Terrorist Groups in Syria Narrowing

Sputnik News – 2016-07-26 – Russian, US positions on defining terrorist groups in Syria are narrowing, Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian parliament’s upper house, said.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups. On February 27, a US-Russia brokered ceasefire entered into force in Syria, with terrorist groups such as the Daesh and al-Nusra Front, both outlawed in Russia, being excluded from the truce.

“They [positions] are narrowing. They have not narrowed yet but there is a substantial conversation on the issue that we were lacking before. Earlier we were offered to adopt the classification of events that was comfortable to the United States and their allies as a matter of course. Everything offered by Russia … was not considered, was denied. Now checking facts, judgments and lists are being carried out. That is a very difficult process,” Kosachev told Russia’s Izvestiya newspaper in an interview published on Monday. www.mesop.de