MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A draft UN resolution on the humanitarian situation in Syria should include a point on the necessity to separate terrorist groups from the so-called moderate opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
“It was confirmed by the Russian side that a text of this document should clearly indicate the need to separate a so-called moderate opposition from terrorist groups,” the ministry's statement read.
The statement was made during a meeting on Friday of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov with Spanish Ambassador to Russia Jose Ignacio Carbajal and Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to Russia Cecilia Warren. The sides exchanged views on the resolution project on humanitarian situation in Syria, co-authored by Madrid and Wellington.
As part of the so-called Arab Spring, protests in Syria that took place in 2011 resulted in clashes between the government forces and opposition. Since then, the Middle Eastern country has been mired in a war, which involves Damascus forces, numerous opposition factions, as well as terrorist groups, including Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front), which are prohibited in many countries, including Russia.