Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. © Grigoriy Sisoev / RIA Novosti
RT: Moscow ready for contact with Free Syrian Army - FM Lavrov
Russia is ready for contact with the Free Syrian Army, but it is now a 'phantom,' Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said at a news conference following talks with his Laos counterpart in Moscow.
"They tell us about the Free Syrian Army, but where is it? It remains a phantom group, nothing is known about it," Lavrov said, adding that Russia has sent a request about the group to the United States.
"We will be ready to establish contact with it if it’s really a capable military group of patriotic opposition consisting of Syrians. We do not hide this fact. But this structure is already a phantom. I have asked [State Secretary] John Kerry to provide us with information about the whereabouts of this Free Syrian Army and who commands it," said Lavrov.
Update #1: War Against ISIS: Russian Forces Ready To Meet With Free Syrian Army To Defeat Islamic State, Minister Says -- IBTimes
Update #2: Russia says U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army not a terrorist group -- Reuters
WNU Editor: I do not think this Russia - Free Syrian army alliance is going to happen .... Syrian Rebel Groups Appeal For Regional Alliance to Fight Russia and Iran (Newsweek).