# SYRIA COMMITTEES/
Russian Ambassador Yakovenko in London answers to media question regarding listing Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam as terrorist organizations …
Question: What was the Western partners’ reaction as regards Russia’s initiative at the UN Security Council on listing Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam as terrorist organizations?
Ambassador Yakovenko: Regrettably, the US, UK and France have blocked our second attempt to include Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam in the list of terrorist organizations. Such a self-interested, politically motivated approach of our partners in the UN Security Council is contrary to the counter-terrorist efforts of the international community and calls into question the sincerity of declarations made by Washington, London and Paris regarding their commitment to the obvious task of fighting terrorism. The second blocking of the Russian initiative is nothing more than just another attempt to shield the above groups, whose crimes are well-known. Such a move is akin to aiding and abetting international extremist elements and even supporting terrorism in the name of the so called “Sunni alternative” being imposed upon the Syrians.
With Russian Ambassy in London/ 2016 11 25/
* Cartoon from Farsi Agency (Iran).