Lavrov to Kerry: There Must be Distinction Between Terrorists, US-backed ‘Opposition’ Groups

Lavrov stresses importance of differentiating between "opposition groups supported by the United States and the terrorists whom the opposition use as a shield," during phone call with Kerry

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart, US Secretary of State John Kerry, touched on prospects for cooperation between their two countries in fighting terrorist organizations in Syria during a phone call earlier this week.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two diplomats, “focused on the situation in Syria, including the prospects for Russian-American cooperation in fighting the terrorist groups present there. Lavrov noted once more the necessity of distinguishing between the opposition groups supported by the United States and the terrorists whom the opposition use as a shield and who are continuing their intense assaults and heinous crimes in the territory which they control.”

Following recent talks between the two envoys in Geneva last week, Lavrov said that he and Kerry took a number of steps forward regarding the crisis in Syria and agreed to work in specific directions and increase bilateral communications.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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