In the list of groups of the Syrian opposition, which was composed of the United States, the defense Ministry found 10 organizations associated with Islamists. This was stated by Deputy defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, reports “RIA Novosti”.
So, according to the defense Ministry, two groups from the list of fighting on the side of the “Islamic state”, and eight are part of the former “al-Nusra” now “Jabhat Fatah al-sham” (an organization banned in Russia).
According to Antonov 26 February, Russia gave the American side a list of the 47 groups of the moderate opposition who expressed a willingness to stop the fire, he indicated the areas of operation of these groups, and also reported data available for deployment units of “al-sham” and the IG. In response, the United States provided a list of the units of the Syrian moderate opposition, 10 of which, according to the defense Ministry, associated with the Islamists.
Antonov added that Russia also got the US pattern of concentration of fighters of “al-sham” in different parts of Syria, which does not allow to separate the moderate opposition from the terrorists, which led to problems in identifying specific violators of the ceasefire.
Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that he considers unacceptable attempts the “so called moderate” opposition lenient towards the group “al-sham”. “Many groups “moderate” Syrian opposition refuse to dissociate themselves from the terrorists of “Jabhat EN-Nusra”, which the truce does not apply”, — said Lavrov.