Russia's envoy to the UN Office in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin said Moscow would not permit the Kurds to be excluded from the intra-Syrian talks.
"The Kurds have been excluded until this moment, as we speak, and they are the only secular side of the opposition in Syria," Ismael stated. "Without the Kurds, the creation of an Islamic system [will take place] in the country."
Ismael pointed out the Syrian opposition is led by religious extremist groups, such as the Army of Islam, whose ideology and flag resemble those of Daesh.
Looking at the Syrian opposition groups and their religious affiliations, Ismael noted, makes it clear that without the Kurds the talks will facilitate the rise of extremists.
Regardless what exact words are used to describe it, he added, an Islamic type of government will rule in Syria after President Bashar Assad’s transition from power.
The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has not been invited by the United Nations to the talks. The party has accused the Turkish government of throwing its weight behind the UN decision.
Turkey has been opposed to PYD’s involvement in the talks, claiming the party is linked to the pro-independence Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant movement, which is active in southeastern Turkey and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.