Russia Seeks 'Honest' Cooperation in Syria: Lavrov
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia seeks "honest cooperation" for a political solution in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday as Moscow declared a brief truce in the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
"We hope our partners will draw (the) necessary conclusions (so that) we will all aim for honest cooperation... for a political process involving both the government and opposition forces," Lavrov said at the start of an official visit to Greece, AFP reported.
However, he insisted that Washington help enforce a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning support for Takfiri groups in Syria.
"When we adopted this resolution, I remember US Secretary of State John Kerry's words. He said, 'Whoever wants to be part of (the political) process must sever links to terrorists'," Lavrov said through a translator.
"Almost a year has passed and we await these words to be carried out," he added.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh, currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.