Russia to Support UN- Proposed "Truce" in Syria but Not for Daesh, Nusra, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will consider supporting UN-proposed "ceasefire", providing it does not cover the Takfiri terrorist groups of Daesh and al-Nusra Front, as well as other militant outfits that are shelling civilians in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta.

The top Russian diplomat made the remarks during a press conference in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Thursday, saying Russia was ready to consider a UN Security Council draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in the Arab country as long as it did not include the two Takfiri groups and other militants “who are shelling residential quarters of Damascus.”

 Lavrov’s comments came two weeks after Sweden and Kuwait, two non-permanent members of the UNSC, proposed the month-long ceasefire measure in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations. The world body is expected to vote on the proposal later on Thursday.

The ceasefire resolution calls for the truce to go into effect 72 hours after the adoption of the measure and for aid deliveries and medical evacuations to commence 48 hours after that.

Eastern Ghouta is included in a deal between Turkey, Russia and Iran to establish de-escalation zones in Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Lavrov said the Ghouta-based militants had rejected Russia's offer to “evacuate peacefully” and that they were using civilians there as human shields.

“The al-Nusra Front and its allies categorically rejected this proposal and continue to shell the city from their positions, using the civilian population of Eastern Ghouta as a human shield,” he said.

Terror sponsors responsible for East Ghouta situation-  Russia

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has blamed the current situation in the Eastern Ghouta region on the countries that are supporting terrorists in Syria, vehemently rejecting claims linking Russia and its allies to the violence.

"The situation in Eastern Ghouta is the responsibility of those who support the terrorists that are still there," Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov told reporters on Thursday. 

"As you know, neither Russia, nor Syria nor Iran belong to the category of such states because they are the ones waging an uncompromising struggle against the terrorists in Syria," he said.