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The President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Khaled Khoja

President of the National Coalition for Syrian Opposition Dr. Khaled Khoja described UN Resolution 2254 as unfair because it put “both the executioner and his victim in the same slot”. He also expressed in a phone call to Asharq Al-Awsat that the Syrian Opposition’s displeasure with the resolution and said that the Security Council’s decision demolished the results reached in the Riyadh conference.


The President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Khaled Khoja

The President of the National Coalition confirmed that despite the Opposition’s efforts to assemble a negotiating committee, naming a general coordinator and establishing the committee’s general secretariat, the resolution was declared and established in submission to the Russian orientation.

At the same time observers consider the resolution an international unanimous decision on the Syrian crisis made without any of the five major powers in the Security Council referring to their veto power.

Karim Bitar Senior Fellow at the Institute for International and Strategic Affairs in Paris (IRIS) said that the resolution did not make a ceasefire compulsive, which could possibly ruin everything.

A day after the resolution was announced, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that his country was ready to provide more military support in Syria, adding that Moscow had not yet exhausted all its weaponry, confirming Russia’s willingness to go an extra mile if necessary.

Putin attended a gala reception to mark Security Agency, held in Moscow Kremlin, and praised the performance of his pilots and security agency workers, showing off their competence in utilizing developed weaponry.

Amid these declarations the Syrian Opposition factions fought battles in the strategic al-Nuba mountain in Latakia, after defeating Assad’s forces that were supported by Russian air cover. Field sources said that Russian aircraft carried out a series of intense airstrikes covering Assad’s troops enabling them to recover al-Nuba zone.