Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasized the need to work on the course of finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
"We are deeply concerned over the situation in Syria, we are convinced that there can't be a military solution and we want this idea to reach everybody without exception," Lavrov said during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Protection, Qadri Jamil, in Moscow.
He added that Russia is continuing communication with representatives of the Syrian government and all groups of the opposition to convince everybody to quickly accept the Russian-U.S. initiative to hold an international conference on Syria without conditions so as to reach full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué issued on June 30 last year.
Lavrov expressed deep regret that the majority of the opposition groups, including "Doha Coalition", unlike the Syrian government, have not shown readiness to participate in the conference.
For his part, Jamil said that the West is primarily responsible for the loss of life and material damages suffered by the Syrian people due to the unjust siege imposed on Syria which effectively became a group punishment for the Syrians.
Later, Jamil told SANA's correspondent in Moscow that his talks with Lavrov were positive and in-depth, and that the current economic aspect of the crisis requires a series of steps to maintain Syria's commitment, so the two sides discussed methods for improving the economic situation in Syria on various levels, in addition to affirming the need to reach a political resolution quickly via the upcoming Geneva conference.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer