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No winners in Syria - Russian Foreign Minister

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No winners in Syria - Russian Foreign Minister


The attack on a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus on Sunday drove thousands from the capital.

Despite fears of how the conflict will play out in the region Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has refused to say if his country will recognise official opposition in Syria explicitly.

Our correspondent Alexandre Shashkov asked him if he thought there would be an opposition victory.

“You know, there won’t be any winners. It’s a war of mutual destruction. Horrible things are happening now in and around the Palestinian refugee camp. They are trying to drag the Palestinians into this internal war,” he said.

Our correspondent also asked if Russia is ready to recognise the united Syrian opposition?”

“But we don’t need to recognise or not recognise whomsoever it might be. We work with all the groups without exception, of those who represent whatever current of the Syrian opposition. In the same way we are going to work – we are ready to work – with the National Coalition or any other configuration which may appear on the political playing field, on the opposition side. The importance lies not in giving or withholding recognition but in pushing everyone in the same direction,” he said.

Sergey Lavrov’s words come as the United Nations warns that the fighting in Syria has become divided along sectarian lines. UN human rights
investigators said the conflict has become, “overtly sectarian in nature.”

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