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Moscow Calls for Avoiding any Measures that Hamper Political Settlement in Syria

RIYADH, (ST)- Russia supports all efforts being exerted to confront terrorism and solve crises in the region through diplomatic means.

In a statement during his meeting on Monday with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh, Putin said "we back all efforts exerted in confronting terrorism and solving the crises in the Middle East and North Africa through political and diplomatic means."

 Meanwhile in Moscow, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated the need to avoid taking any measures that hamper the political solution of the crisis in Syria.

In a press conference on Monday, Peskov commented on the Turkish aggression on the Syrian territories and the Russian stance on this issue. He said that "from the very beginning, Russia stressed its complete rejection of any acts that would escalate tension in Syria and hinder the process of finding a political solution to the crisis in the country."

"This stance has not changed ..It is a firm and well-known stance," he added, pointing out that there are continuous contacts between Russia and the Turkish regime concerning all issues relating to Syria.

Hamda Mustafa