Russia offers collaboration with opposition against PYD, ISIL

Syrian Opposition Interim Government official Sermini said moderate opposition refused Russia's cooperation offer, called it 'insidious and dangerous'

Russia offers collaboration with opposition against PYD, ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Prime Ministry Undersecretary of the Syrian Opposition Interim Government Muhammed Sermini has stated that Russia offered collaboration with the moderate opposition against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated Democratic Union Party (PYD) and ISIL extremist groups.

Sermini, speaking to the Turkish Yeni Şafak daily newspaper, described the offers as 'insidious and dangerous,' adding that they flatly refused Moscow's offer.

"Russia has the blood of innocent people as much as Assad regime on its hands. Russia's offer doesn't have any significance, it is only a simple tactic," Sermini said.
"PYD is substantially under the guidance of the US. Because of the situation, Russia is now seeking a way to teach a lesson to US and try to be an effective actor which will shape the future of Syria. They pledged us political support along with military support but we refused it," Sermini said.

"Russia has put its efforts aiming at convincing groups to put down arms against Assad regime. Russia also tried to use military formation called 'Liva Nasır' but it didn't work," Sermini said.

“The moderate opposition sees Turkey as 'brothers' and give importance to Turkey's opinion in every decision," Sermini added.

Russia became involved in the Syrian civil war in September of 2015 as the closest ally and the biggest supporter of the Bashar regime of Syria.

Moscow killed thousands of civilians and moderate opposition forces as a part of the so-called fight against extremists and supported PYD by providing them weapons and supporting their progress with airstrikes.

As many as 470,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the five-year-long civil war in Syria.

The same figures show that 6.5 million Syrians were evacuated to the safe zone, while 5 million were forced to emigrate.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2016, 12:49