December 12, 2015 / 12:46 PM / 3 years ago

Russia says Riyadh talks do not speak for entire Syrian opposition

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting of Syrian opposition groups in Riyadh on Thursday did not represent all opposition groups from the country, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

Residents inspect damage at a site hit by one of the three truck bombs, in the YPG-controlled town of Tel Tamer, Syria December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

“We cannot accept the attempt by the group which met in Riyadh to assign itself the right to speak on behalf of the entire Syrian opposition,” the ministry said in a statement.

The talks between Syrian opposition groups in Saudi Arabia this week called for an all-inclusive, democratic Syria and said Moscow’s regional ally President Bashar al-Assad should leave power at the start of a transitional period.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Catherine Evans

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