Latest News Syria: Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov

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April 29th, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, warned of the gravity of using the pretext of the chemical use to fulfill geopolitical interests for foreign powers and states against Syria.

In a press statement in Moscow on Monday, Lavrov renewed the Russian stance that calls for solving the crisis in Syria through dialogue and halting violence.

Lavrov said that there are states and foreign powers that consider all means are good for toppling the regime in Syria, but the issue of using weapons of mass destruction is very dangerous and unacceptable.

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed that such geopolitical game hinders investigations of the use of chemical weapons near Aleppo on 91th March, blaming the states that want the UN Secretary-General not to reply directly to the demand raised by the Syrian government to the UN to investigate the issue of a terrorist group's launching a missile loaded with chemicals in Khan al-Asal near Aleppo.

On the western demands of investigating in other areas in Syria, Lavrov stressed "the supporting evidence of such allegations were not given to any side or by any side in whatever time before, but rather intelligence circles including ours talked about the non- existence of any facts that support these allegations."

" No change has taken place in the Russian stance regarding the crisis in Syria," he said replying the allegations published by some Lebanese media outlets after Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov's visit to Lebanon on a change in the Russian stance.

He clarified that his country has worked since the very beginning on calling everybody and all those who have influence in the situation not to support any particular side, as it also asked all parties to halt violence and start deliberations without any pre-conditions, reminding that this stance was present in Geneva Statement.

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Latest News Syria: Moscow wants a political process

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Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich  reiterated on Monday that linking the future of Syria to those who depend on violence and terrorism is unacceptable.

In statements quoted by Russia Today website,  Lukashevich   pointed out that Moscow has recently expressed rejection of the gunmen's threats of downing civil planes in the Syrian airspace, adding that now there are threats against foreign diplomatic missions and citizens.

He said that Russia rejects the behavior of the fundamentalists in the Syrian armed opposition.

He also reiterated the call on all sides if the crisis to stop violence and launch a political process as soon as possible, calling on foreign players to support progress in this regard according to Geneva agreement endorsed last June.

Lukashevich affirmed that those who are thinking of modernizing Syria democratically in a manner that respects its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should work through the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Declaration.

He  said that Russia believes that its primary task is working to end violence, save lives and launch a political process in Syria.

Regarding the efforts of international and regional sides to create new coalitions and alliances among the so-called Syrian opposition, Lukashevich said that as far as Moscow is concerned, this issue depends on whether the members of these coalitions are prepared to settle the crisis by the Syrians themselves without foreign military intervention and through dialogue and negotiations as per the framework of the Geneva declaration.

He also noted that Moscow is maintaining communication with the Syrian government and all sides of the opposition to convince them to adopt such a constructive position.

In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said via Twitter that the efforts for unifying the Syrian opposition will only be useful in case they are prepared to launch political dialogue with the Syrian government as per the Geneva declaration.

Russian Military Official: Moscow Implements all Military Agreements  with Syria

Head of the Air Force Department at the Rosoboronexport Establishment, Sergei Kornev, stressed on Monday that Russia is implementing all agreements in the field of military cooperation with Syria.

In a statement quoted by Russia Today website, Kornev said that Russia is implementing all agreements signed with Syria already, adding that all exports to Syria are stipulated by these agreements.

He added that Russia's military sales to Syria do not violate the international agreements or the Russian laws.

Kornev is heading the Rosoboronexport Establishment delegation to the China Air Show 2012 exhibition which will be opened tomorrow in China.

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Photo: Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov


Syria: meeting of Syrian and Russian leaders

Michael Bogdanov .jpgNov. 7, 2012, MOSCOW, (SANA) - Special representative of the Russian President for the Middle East affairs, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed with the Syrian ambassador in Moscow Riad Haddad the latest developments in Syria and the region.

A statement for the Russian Foreign Ministry stated Wednesday that during their meeting, the two sides discussed means of accelerating measures to put an end to the acts of violence in Syria and adopting the peaceful solution through a national comprehensive dialogue.

Pushkov: Majority of Syrians Support President al-Assad, Russia and US Stances Differ Regarding Resolving Syrian Crisis

Chairman of the Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov affirmed in a press conference on Wednesday in Moscow that the majority of Syrians support President Bashar al-Assad, pointing out that the stances of Russia and the United States differ regarding resolving the crisis in Syria, rejecting the opinion that says that goals are one but the methods are different.

Pushkov said that the goal presented by the US isn't strictly the establishing of a democratic Syria and preserving its unity and territorial integrity; rather the primary US goal as State Secretary Hillary Clinton has stated repeatedly is to depose President al-Assad, asserting that this is the only missions the Americans seek to accomplish in Syria and they claim that freedom, democracy and prosperity will prevail after that.

He noted that the US administration is making amendments to this unrealistic policy, as it's become clear to everyone that deposing President al-Assad will not lead to these results automatically, explaining that Clinton announced that the Istanbul Council isn't the sole representative of the opposition and now they're betting on other formations within the opposition, saying that this represents an unseen backtracking of US policy but their main goal remains the same.

In an interview with SANA's correspondent in Moscow, Pushkov said that the US policy is changing, as Washington used to rely exclusively on Istanbul Council and the so-called free army, but now US officials have reached the conclusion that there are extremist Islamist groups that pose a risk to the US and the west in general, which is why they're trying to expand cooperation beyond the Istanbul Council and form an opposition that's more acceptable to the west and the Syrians as well.

He said that Washington listened to some degree to Russian and Chinese warnings about the danger of supporting and arming the Syrian opposition, but it still refuses to acknowledge that the Syrian government is supported by the majority of Syrians, which is very important and cannot be ignored or underplayed.

Pushkov went on to say that Russia insists on carrying out the goals of the Geneva declaration, particularly launching dialogue between the Syrian government and the opposition, affirming that this is the only way that can accommodate those who support the opposition as well as those who support the Syrian government who, according to Pushkov's own experience and observations made during his visit to Damascus in February, constitute a large number of Syrians.

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