Russian Foreign Ministry Calls on International Community to Support Political Process

Upcoming meeting between top Russian and US diplomats will explore Syrian political settlement in an “objective and comprehensive way”, says ministry spokesperson

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova called on all countries to support the political settlement for the crisis in Syria and to prevent the spread of terrorist organizations in the region.

During a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, Zakharova announced that a meeting will bring together the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss a settlement to the crisis in Syria in an “objective and comprehensive way”.

She said the most important aspects of a deal had been achieved late last year by Russia, the US and other countries after an agreement was reached on the importance of focusing the attention on a political settlement to the crisis and considering the fight against terrorism a top priority.

Zakharova reaffirmed her country’s stance that the fate of President Bashar al-Assad is a Syrian matter, pointing out that the issue had not been discussed in Vienna or in New York.

She also refuted the French, US and Turkish claims about targeting civilians during the Russian air operations against terrorists’ sites in Syria, noting that these claims are not based on evidence.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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