Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bodganov said on Monday that delegations from the Syrian Free Army, a coalition of ten moderate opposition groups in Syria, have visited Moscow on more than one occasion, Reuters quoted Russian news agencies as saying.
“Yes, they were here, including this week,” Bodganov said, answering a question of whether the FSA had visited Moscow last week. (Interfax/Reuters, 26 October)
Meanwhile, the Western-backed FSA said today it has not refused an offer of military support from Russia.
“We didn’t turn down the offer. We said if the Russians were serious in their offer they should stop immediately targeting our bases and targeting the civilian areas,” Major Issam Al Reis, an FSA spokesman, told the BBC today. “We don’t need help now, they should stop attacking our bases and then we can talk about future co-operation.” (BBC/Reuters, 26 October)
Image: FSA logo (Wikipedia)