2016-03-04 10:00:00

Yavlinsky fears confrontation between Russia and Sunni world

Moscow, March 4, Interfax - The Yabloko party founder, Grigory Yavlinsky, believes that the Russian Aerospace Forces' operation in Syria fails to correctly reflect the scope of Russia's interests in this region and is leading to confrontation with the Sunni world.

"I think that this matter is high-cost and lacks any prospects. We do not have such a scope of interests. Besides, I am seriously troubled that, due to our participation in Syria, we are entering confrontation with the huge Sunni world," Yavlinsky told Interfax after being asked whether or not Russia should have joined the military operation in Syria in the first place.

Apart from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, Russia has only one ally in the region - Iran, Yavlinsky said, describing this ally as "quite dubious".

By taking part in the military operation, "Russia is finding itself in an even greater isolation and is entering confrontation with the international community," he said.

"The Russian Federation ought to work together with other countries to tackle the Middle East's problems, in particular protection of Christians, protection of minorities from genocide," he added.