Russia's draft resolution on Syria 'a separate document' – Lavrov

Russia's foreign policy chief Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed draft resolution on Syria as a "separate document." He stressed the paper submitted today to the UN Security Council did not seek to amend the West's resolution but offered its own approach to the conflict, according to Voice of Russia, RIA.

"We have drafted our own resolution that we expect to be discussed in the UN Security Council. It is not mere amendments to the document submitted by Luxembourg, Australia and Jordan, but is essentially our take on the role that the Security Council can play in the settlement, if we mean it, and not just seek to provoke one or the other party," Mr. Lavrov noted.

The Russian diplomat warned that any attempt to provoke one of the rival parties would only lead to their polarization, with one side thinking it is being discriminated against and the other – in this case, the Syrian "opposition" – believing it has been given a free hand because "the Security Council won’t scold it anyway."

Russia submits draft anti-terror project on Syria to UN Security Council

The Russian delegation has submitted to the UN Security Council a draft project on curbing terrorism in the country, the country's chief diplomat Sergei Lavrov has said.

"We have submitted to the Security Council – ahead of the consultations – another draft project that is aimed at tackling the issue of terrorism in Syria," the Russian foreign minister said on Thursday.

He said the proposal was based on UN principles and took into consideration the G8 call on the "opposition "and the Syrian government to unite against terrorism.

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Brahimi to meet with Russian, US diplomats on Friday

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and United Nations and Arab League Special Representative on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will hold a tripartite meeting in Geneva on Friday, Brahimi told a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday, according to Voice of Russia, Interfax.

 We shall do all we can to push the (Syrian settlement) process, he said.So far no major progress has been reached in the intra-Syrian negotiations, he said. The Brahimi-mediated talks over the Syrian crisis resolution began in Geneva yesterday.

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Opposition's terrorist acts in Syria must be condemned by int'l community – Russian Foreign Ministry

The actions of the irreconcilable opposition against the Syrian civilian population must be resolutely condemned by all the members of the international community, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said in a commentary posted on the ministry's website, according to Voice of Russia, Interfax

"We believe that the actions of the irreconcilable opposition who commit terrorist attacks and other crimes against Syrian civilians must be resolutely and unreservedly condemned by all members of the international community, as well as the participants of the intra-Syrian negotiating process in Geneva," Lukashevich said.

Besides, the Ministry's spokesman added that Moscow is satisfied with the agreements to extend the truce in the old part of the city of Homs by three days.

"It was with satisfaction that Moscow learnt a report about a three-day extension of the humanitarian truce in the old part of the city of Homs.Thanks to the ceasefire, over 800 people, mainly old people, women and children, have already managed to leave the area. Residents were supplied with additional food rations," he wrote.

"Against this background 'international terrorist' "militants" in Syria have been making desperate attempts to disrupt the reconciliation process locally and to provoke violence escalation through bloodshed and inhumane crimes. Several dozen residents of the village of Maan in the Hama province were killed with particular cynicism and cruelty, and the footage of their public execution was put out on the Internet. Also in the same line is a brazen demand by Jabhat al-Nusra" militants" to swap 12 nuns seized by them at the Ma'loula convent," the commentary said.

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Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria on the phone - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed the Syria situation in a telephone conversation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, according to Voice of Russia, Interfax

"The foreign policy chiefs continued discussing the situation surrounding Syria in light of the second round of negotiations between the Syrian official delegation and the  "coalition delegation", which has begun in Geneva," it said.

According to the statement, the U.S. was the initiator of the conversation.

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West-Brokered Draft Resolution on Humanitarian Situation in Syria Far from Reality

MOSCOW- A new draft resolution on humanitarian situation in Syria proposed by Western partners is far from reality, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.

 “The crisis is a very serious problem and it should be resolved on principles of international humanitarian law,” the minister noted, according to Itar Tass.

Lavrov said that the Geneva communiqué is a comprehensive document from which separate provisions cannot be taken out.

"The Syrian government, through head of the delegation, Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, stated that it is ready to discuss all provisions of the Geneva communique, literary one by one. You cannot take out one such provision from this communique, as opponents to the government are trying to do," Lavrov said on Tuesday after talks with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtan Lamamra.

"The Geneva communique contains a comprehensive approach to be guided by," he underlined.

Leak of information to western media on a UN Security Council resolution on Syria that is being prepared has been organized to exert pressure on Russia and China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

 “If western media has written about this, this means authors of this resolution organised the information leak to exert pressure on Russia and China,” he said. “This is a two-move combination that is easily calculated.

Russia is prepared to consider a new resolution on Syria by the UТ Security Council, if it meets principles of international humanitarian law, Lavrov said.

 “We are prepared to consider this kind of text, which differs slightly from a U.N. Security Council statement of October 2, 2013,” the minister noted. “But we also believe that the U.N. Security Council should also focus on no less horrible aspect of Syrian crisis - growth of terrorism over ongoing conflict in Syria,” the Russian foreign minister added.

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Third shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syria

The third shipment of Syrian chemical weapons has taken place, the Reuters news agency reports on Monday citing an OPCW statement.The Dutch and Norwegian vessels Ark Futura and Taiko have been taking away the Syrian chemical arsenal from the port of Latakia since January 7. Two consignments have already been completed.

In line with the OPCW schedule, around 20,000 tons of toxic mustard gas have to be removed by March 31, 2014, and the entire chemical arsenal has to be destroyed by the end of 2014.

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Russian, US, UN representatives to meet in Geneva February 14

MOSCOW- The Russian, U.S. and U.N representatives will meet in Geneva on February 14, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Monday,according to ITAR TASS.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and U.N Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will meet in Geneva on February 14, Bogdanov said.

 “We agreed that Russia and the U.S. would conduct permanent and energetic control over the negotiating process,” the high-ranking diplomat said.

This was done to convince the Syrian parties to show flexibility and reach agreement based on the Geneva communique, Bogdanov said.

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Lavrov: Much work should be done on Syria

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has opened a solemn meeting devoted to Diplomats’ Day by a minute of silence,according to ITAR TASS.

 “These days we mark many events related to commemorative dates - World War II and the Great Patriotic War. The memory about the war is sacred and we shouldn’t allow those who try to revise history and the results of World War II to come up,” Lavrov aid.

 “We have many tasks. The situation in international affairs is rather unpredictable. The events develop sweepingly and we should be ready for any turn,” the minister said, adding “There is issue, which would be closed and solved.”

 “Much work should be done on Syria and Iran in order to prevent the use of force on these tracks,” he said.

 “For us it is important to develop different diplomatic methods by using our predecessors’ experience,” Lavrov said.

 “Russia calls for forming a polycentric system within international law. The U.N. Charter is the major foundation for giving the international relations system fairer,” the minister said.

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