Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 9
Only Russia and Iran act legitimately in Syria, and others, including the coalition led by the US, do not have legitimate reasons, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said, RIA Novosti reported.
"It is impossible to talk about the legitimacy of anti-terrorist efforts in Syria of any other foreign country except for Russia and Iran," he said.
"The formed US-led "anti-IS coalition" doesn't have this legitimacy because there's no UN Security Council sanction for this or an invitation from the legitimate Syrian government," said Syromolotov.
He said that earlier the Russian side took the initiative to create a single, legitimate and broad international front against terrorism, a new coalition such as the anti-Hitler coalition.
"Something is carried out in this regard; new, high-quality resolutions of the UN Security Council were adopted, work through the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) is continued, political talks over Syria are open, giving - despite all the problems and vicissitudes - some hope for a settlement," he noted.
"But it is the beginning of the road, and the success is only possible with the availability of states' political will of the partnership and effective collaboration. The deficiency of this will still remains," added Syromolotov.