Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said some countries financing the Syrian opposition are working to directly to undermine the efforts toward the international confernec on Syria, dubbed Geneva II.
Following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kozhara in the Russian city of Rostov on Monday, Lavrov said that each group of the Syrian opposition has its financer inside or outside the region and that "everybody knows this, including the U.S. administration."
He added that Russia and the U.S. are working to ensure that all sides assume responsibility for the acts and behavior of the opposition.
While everyone says they support Geneva II, he said, "in fact some countries which have strong influence on the crisis in Syria are working to undermine the Russian-U.S. initiative.".
Lavrov called on the financers backing armed groups in Syria to shoulder their responsibilities regarding the fate of the political solution for the crisis in Syria, asserting that the climate for holding Geneva II requires the intervention of influential sides on the currently fragmented Syrian opposition, parts of which are breaking off, while others are moving closer to Al-Qaeda.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer