Moscow: Attempts to Force the Syrian Government to Negotiate with Terrorists in Idlib Will Not Succeed

Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, stated during a meeting of the UN Security Council that attempts to force the Syrian government to negotiate with terrorists in Idlib will not succeed.

Nebenzia stressed during the Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Syria, that Moscow will not stop supporting the Syrian government in its legitimate war on international terrorism.

He stressed the need to stop providing support and weapons to terrorist organizations operating in Syria, including the “Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham”, formerly known as the “Jabhat al-Nusra” and listed on the international terrorist list.

He added: “We recently heard a statement from the high-ranking American official, James Jeffrey (the American envoy to Syria), that the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham is a negotiating organization, but we would like to emphasize that attempts to provide political cover to terrorists and force the Syrian government to negotiate with them will fail.”

He reiterated Moscow’s assertion that a political settlement in Syria can only be achieved through the efforts of the Syrians themselves through constructive dialogue and not through external pressure or providing “pre-prepared solutions.”

He added: “We will continue our efforts to normalize the situation in Syria. We consider it important to restore historical ties between the various ethnic and sectarian components in Syria affected by attempts to tear it apart.”

Nebenzia noted the re-emergence of the terrorist threat in areas east of the Euphrates controlled by the “Syrian Democratic Forces” backed by Washington, expressing Moscow’s concern about the escape of armed men, including foreigners, from Kurdish prisons and their spread in refugee camps and the region as a whole.

He also pointed to the importance of the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which Russia, in cooperation with Turkey and Iran, played an essential role in forming, as it is until now “the only mechanism for political dialogue” between the Syrian parties.

Nebinzia stressed that the ceasefire cannot be installed in Idlib Governorate as long as the attacks against Russian and Syrian forces continue, calling on “parties affecting armed groups active in Idlib” to stop bombing civilians and launching attacks with drones on the Russian Hmeimim air base, and provocative actions against the Syrian army.

The Russian delegate stressed the need to return all Syrian oil fields to state control, addressing the members of the Security Council by saying: If you care, you can help in signing formal agreements between Damascus and the countries controlling these fields.