Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

Syrian opposition totally dependent on foreign sponsors – senior Russian MP

The Syrian opposition’s refusal to attend the peace conference in Geneva is a result of the desire of its foreign sponsors to thwart the peace process, claims the head of State Duma’s Foreign Relations Committee.

The Syrian Opposition lacks independence. It totally depends  on external support. All its steps are backed with interests and  calculations of its foreign sponsors,” Aleksey Pushkov  tweeted on Monday.

He also stated that several countries were hoping to thwart the  Geneva-2 summit, naming this as the main reason behind the  refusal of the Syrian National Council to participate in this  meeting.

There will be more such attempts,” Pushkov wrote.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US  Secretary of State John Kerry, the Geneva-2 summit, co-sponsored  by Russia and the USA, is currently preliminarily scheduled for  mid-November. The final date will be determined soon in  consultations with the UN Security Council and the League of Arab  States.

On Sunday the head of one Syrian National Council (SNC) George  Sabra told reporters that his group would not attend the Geneva-2  talks, adding that any talks were possible only after the removal  of President Bashar Assad and his government. Moreover, the SNC  leader promised to sever the alliances with any other opposition  groups if they decide to take part in Geneva-2 pace conference.

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