"We are ready to also support patriotic opposition, including the so-called Free Syrian Army, from the air," Lavrov said.
    
"The main thing for us is to approach the people fully in charge of representing these or those armed groups fighting terrorism among other things," he added.
    
Lavrov's comments came after he and his US counterpart John Kerry agreed in Vienna yesterday to explore new ways of trying to reach political settlement to a crisis that has killed more than 250,000 people since 2011.
    
The Vienna meeting, which also included the foreign ministers of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, "succeeded in surfacing some ideas which I'm not going to share today but which I hope have a possibility of ultimately changing the dynamic," Kerry said.
    
Russia's position appears to be shifting, with Moscow saying it is prepared to give military and political support to the moderate anti-Assad opposition in its fight against Islamic State jihadists.
    
Moscow, in talking about the Syrian opposition, had previously reserved the term 'patriotic' or 'healthy' for those groups that backed Assad against the rebels.

 

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