19:49 GMT07 July 2020
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    All sides to the Syrian conflict must have an equal weight when it comes to the resolution of the volatile situation in the country, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov stressed.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The latest Syrian ceasefire broke down with violations on all sides of the conflict shortly after its implementation under the auspices of the US-Russia co-chaired International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in September.

    "In the end the main idea is for the Syrians themselves to agree on a consensus basis. The logic is as follows – there should be no winners and no losers in this conflict. Because we have always talked about how dangerous this formula is, when there are winners and losers. The losers will always wait for the minute and time of revenge. It is very dangerous," Bogdanov said in a Friday interview with the RT broadcaster.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups, such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra), both of which are banned in Russia and a range of other countries.

    Russia has been supporting the legitimate Syrian authorities, the government of Assad, while Washington has been supporting the so-called "moderate" Syrian opposition.

    US officials have claimed that Russia did not fulfill its commitment under the latest Syria ceasefire agreement by failing to prevent the Syrian government siege of the city of Aleppo. Russian officials have pointed to the US failure to disentangle moderate Syrian opposition forces from terrorist elements, as negotiated under the September 9 US-Russia agreement.


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