“The only matter agreed in Vienna that has no positive changes is political talks,” Lavrov said after a ministerial session of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum.
“This comes as certain groups of the regime opponents and their Western sponsors try to bargain for privileged position, to strengthen positions that will create advantages for them over other groups,” he said.
Now real progress has been reached in the humanitarian area and conditions have been agreed for cessation of hostilities. “This group of saboteurs of political talks has no other pretexts left to continue setting preconditions to launch the intra-Syrian dialogue,” Lavrov said.
“Let’s hope that those who have decisive influence on them will make certain conclusions and remove obstacles on the way towards comprehensive full-fledged implementation of agreements confirmed by UN Security Council resolution 2254,” he said.
The resolution, unanimously adopted in late December 2015, enshrined three priority areas – alleviating humanitarian situation in Syria, coordinating conditions for ceasefire and launching inclusive political process as soon as possible, the minister said.
“Here it was clearly defined that all the efforts should be parallel and there should not be and may not be any preconditions for political talks,” Lavrov said.
Russia-US Syria truce initiative doesn’t envisage any reservations
According to the minister, the Russian-US initiative on a ceasefire in Syria does not envisage any reservations.
Already before the proposed ceasefire comes into effect, a number of participants in the conflict have announced their joining the truce regime, the foreign minister said.
“The Syrian government has already done it,” he said. “I am confident that those who are fighting in Syria at the invitation the legitimate authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic will do the same,” he added.