MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's new foreign policy concept, seeking the Syrian territorial integrity and calling on the international community to unite against terrorism, confirms the country's peaceful intentions worldwide, including in the Middle East, Tarek Ahmad, a leader of the Hmeymim group of internal Syrian opposition, told Sputnik on Friday.
"A new concept of Russia's foreign policy is not a strategy of waging wars around the world, including in the Middle East. It continues to develop Russia’s current peaceful intentions and stance on the necessity to counter the biggest threat which is international terrorism. When it comes to the Syrian crisis, the new document has reiterated Russia’s support for the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Syria," Ahmad said.
Ahmad noted that Russia’s military actions and foreign policy goals were always aimed at "downplaying tension and addressing the aggressive politics of the United States, Europe and some Arab countries over the Syrian conflict and the crisis in Ukraine."
The previous concept version was adopted in February 2013 and is no longer valid now.