There can be no talks with Syrian extremists - Lavrov
There can be no talks with militants operating in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
"I think there can be no talks with terrorists. We refuse to hold talks with them out of principle and advise others against doing that. This is not only our concern that extremists and terrorists are increasingly 'ordering the music' in different parts of Syria, but the opinion of the entire Group of Eight," he said in an interview with NTV channel shown on Sunday.
"I see no place in the negotiating process for such structures as Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or other offspring of Al-Qaeda," Lavrov said.
"It is our objective to reach certain political accord between the government and the reasonable, secular, patriotic opposition as soon as possible, and alongside with a political settlement help them unite for struggle against these terrorists," Lavrov said.
"We have many questions to the recently established structure known as the Islamic Front which unites two-three organizations directly involved in the massacre in Adra," he said.
"It is very difficult to imagine some one structure or other capable of being a partner in the peace talks. Militants are flowing like in communicating vessels between the Islamic Front, Javhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - they go to where more money is paid," Lavrov said.
"To say that it is possible to speak with a militant as soon as he joins the Islamic Front is deceptive," he said.
Commenting on the current situation at Geneva II Lavrov said: "It is very difficult to make any guesses about the future. The situation is very grave, the positions are polarized, emotions are driven to the limit. I hope that the fact that emotions spilled out on January 22 will permit a more businesslike inter-Syrian dialogue."