Following Tuesday's talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Assad was ready to consider Moscow providing support to Syrian opposition in fight against ISIL.
"This statement by Putin is very important, because it will help the Syrian opposition regroup in the direction of their fight, and I am sure they will assert themselves soon," Qadri Jamil, a leading member of Syria's People's Will Party, said.
According to Jamil, some Syrian opposition factions are already fighting against ISIL.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011. Government forces have been fighting on multiple fronts, against several opposition factions and extremist insurgent groups, including ISIL.
Russia launched pinpoint airstrikes against ISIL jihadists in Syria on September 30 at Assad’s request. The United States has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL in Syria since 2014, as well as providing support to so-called moderate opposition factions, without approval from Damascus.
Since the beginning of Moscow's aerial campaign, Russia has repeatedly emphasized its readiness to cooperate with the US-backed moderate Syrian opposition.