Russia in contact with non-ISIL, non Al-Nusra Syrian opposition

November 3, 2015

Original title “Syrian warlords have come into contact with the Russian fighters”

Translated from Russian by Tom Winter. 
No, your translator cannot explain the difference between the original headline and the first paragraph of the press release, unless it means that the expressed Russian willingness to meet was acted on by the Syrian opposition…

The Russian military has established contacts with the leaders of the Syrian opposition and a number of warlord forces in Syria. This was stated by the chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation Andrei Kartapolov.

“We have repeatedly declared a readiness to cooperate with all Syrian patriotic forces fighting against ISIL terrorists and Al-Nusra,” Interfax quoted the head of the General Staff. 

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“I would like to inform you that as part of a broad international coalition against terrorism in the Middle East we have established contacts with Syrian opposition leaders and warlords of a number of units. “

According to Kartapolov “these patriotic forces, despite a four-year confrontation with government forces, put the idea of conservation of Syria as a single independent state, free from ISIL and other terrorists of all stripes, above their own political ambitions.” “We hope that this step will give a new vector toward the resolution of the Syrian conflict,” said the general.

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