Russia Willing to Support Free Syrian Army against ISIL
The telephone conversation between the two was a follow-up to their face-to-face meeting in Vienna yesterday, and is a sign of fast moving developments to start a political process. A P5+1-type body, comprising regional actors like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and UNSC permanent members like the U.S. and Russia, could be formed to facilitate a political settlement.
Meanwhile, Lavrov said today that Russia was ready to support the Free Syrian Army, the main coalition of moderate opposition to Assad, in its fight against the Islamic State.
“We are ready to include the patriotic opposition, among them the Free Syrian Army, to support them from the air,” Lavrov said in an interview aired Saturday on state television channel Rossiya-1. (The New York Times, 24 October)
File photo: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (l.) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (themoscowtimes.com)