The so-called Syrian opposition ingored the Astana peace talks backed up by Turkey, Iran and Russia.
The “opposition” blamed Moscow and Damascus for violating the nationwide ceasefire and said that this was the main reason of the decision.
“The Russians did not abide by their promises. They didn’t release prisoners, they didn’t stop the bombing, they didn’t stop the forced displacement,” Al Jazeera quoted Mohamed Alloush, the head of the Syrian opposition delegation at the first round of talks.
Thus, the talks took place without participation of “opposition groups” controlled by Turkey. Ankara, Tehran, Moscow and Damascus were the main sides involved in the negotiations.
Experts linked the decision of the “opposition” to ignore the talks with President Erdogan’s visit to Moscow during wihch the Turkish president failed to achieve any significant political and economic goals in the relations with Russia.
Al Jazeera’s report on the issue undirectly confirmed this conclusion:
Abdul Majeed Barakat, political adviser to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield Operation in northern Syria, told Al Jazeera that the opposition was not clear on what the plans were for this round of talks in Kazakhstan’s capital – and Turkey didn’t push it to attend.
“The Turks did not really encourage the participation [of the opposition]. They didn’t stop it, but they didn’t encourage it either,” said Barakat.