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    United Nations (UN) special envoy Staffan de Mistura (C-L) sits facing Syria's main opposition group during Syrian peace talks at the UN Offices in Geneva on February 1, 2016

    Does West Play With Terrorists by Siding With Saudi-Backed Opposition?

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    An uncomfortable question has arisen about the true stance of some Western countries in Syria after they sided with the Saudi-backed Syrian opposition group during the reconciliation talks in Geneva.

    According to Russian envoy at the UN Alexei Borodavkin, during the Syrian reconciliation talks the Saudi-backed opposition group demanded that the advancement of the Syrian Army into the city of Aleppo had to be stopped. However, it's known that the city is occupied by al-Nusra Front, an internationally-recognized terrorist organization.

    "This inevitably raises a question about whom our Western colleagues and partners support [in Syria]? What is it — ignorance or a deliberate action?"  Borodavkin asked.

    Meanwhile, the delegation, representing the Syrian government, was ready to give some concessions to the Saudi-backed opposition group trying to make them to stay in Geneva, so the negotiations could go on; however, the Saudi-backed group assumed a non-constructive stance and left the reconciliation talks, Russian envoy at the UN Alexei Borodavkin said.

    Earlier this week, the departure of the Saudi-backed opposition group from the Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva suspended negotiations.

    "Negotiations stopped because part of the Syrian opposition, which came from ar-Riyadh, left Geneva," Borodavkin told RT.

    Borodavkin added that except for the opposition group of Saudi Arabia, all other Syrian representatives had stayed in Switzerland and wanted to continue the negotiations; however, without the missing Saudi-backed opposition group, the peace talks have been stalled.

    The representatives of Damascus didn't even object to the fact that the leaders of Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham, which the Syrian government considers as terrorist organizations, were included as opposition delegates, the Russian envoy at the UN said.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

    Last week, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by the United Nations began in Geneva in line with the December UN Security Council's resolution on Syrian settlement that brought together the entire spectrum of political groups in the war-torn country to the negotiating table.    

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    terrorist, Syrian opposition, Intra-Syria talks, Al-Nusra Front, Daesh, Alexei Borodavkin, Geneva, Syria
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