Moscow hopes the Syrian opposition will fight against terrorism in Syria more actively, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
Damascus’ claims that the United States and the United Kingdom supplied toxic agents to militants in Syria are “beyond understanding,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday.
Speaking with the American broadcaster ABC, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov claimed the “whole core, the essential element” of the Kremlin’s policy towards Syria is helping the Syrian people to make their own choices freely.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Russia and the Kurds of Iraq have strong historical ties that go back decades and that Moscow makes sure its ties with Iraqi Kurdistan do not have a negative impact on anyone else, particularly the Iraqi central government.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday, with focus on the Syria crisis, topical international and bilateral issues. Lavrov has arrived in the United States on a three-day working visit.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said he believed the changed United States position was certainly “more realistic”, as to insist that Assad must step down from the start would only result in deadlock.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the future of Syria does not revolve around whether or not President Bashar Al-Assad remains in power or not, but it depends on whether the international community keeps its commitments made in UN resolutions on Syria voted in December 2015.
Moscow has called on all players in Syria to form a united front against terrorism and coordinate their actions against the scourge in the war-torn country.
Syrian government representatives will attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said.