Washington Trying to Ruin Syria Ceasefire Deal: Moscow
25 February, 2016
Russia says the United States seeks to wreck a recently brokered ceasefire agreement in Syria, underlining, however, that the truce process is currently going on.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow on Thursday that “some US officials” had tried to “sabotage” the truce deal “by interpreting it from such cardinally different points.”
“By and large, a number of [US] officials in fact attempted to call into question the agreements reached, which were approved by the two presidents” of the US and Russia, Zakharova dded.
On Monday, Washington and Moscow said the ceasefire has been planned to take effect in Syria on February 27. The following day, however, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that in case a political transition fails to unfold in Syria, Washington has a slew of “Plan B” options.
“Despite the reports which started coming from Washington, we are in contact with the American representatives, the process is underway, and is quite active. We are working on the implementation of the main provisions of the agreement,” the Russian diplomat said.
Elsewhere in her remarks, Zakharova stressed that Syrian Kurdish forces must take part in the ceasefire deal in the conflict-ridden country.
“We believe that Kurdish representatives should participate in this group [group of the Syrian opposition] and this necessity is proved everyday on the ground in Syria,” she stated.
The comments come against a backdrop of Turkey’s insistence on the exclusion of Syrian Kurdish forces from the ceasefire plan in the crisis-hit state.
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