US refusal to condemn Damascus terror act frustrating - Lavrov Russia,China Eye-To-Eye On Crisis In Syria

 

 

 

 

Moscow is frustrated with Washington's refusal to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning a terrorist attack staged in Damascus on Thursday.

"It leaves us frustrated because until recently all members of the [UN] Security Council with no exception were always committed to resolutely condemning any terrorist attacks, irrespective of who staged these terrorist attacks, where and his motives," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Russia and China said on Friday they saw eye-to-eye on all the world's problems including the crisis in Syria, as the Chinese foreign minister was in Moscow to prepare a visit by new leader Xi Jinping later this year.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi confirmed after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Communist Party chief and president–in-waiting Xi would visit Russia after he is confirmed as head of state in March to succeed Hu Jintao.

Russia and China have stood shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the two-year crisis  in Syria

"Russia and China have united positions, and promote these united positions in negotiations, on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the crisis in Syrian, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear programme and other crises," Lavrov said at a news conference alongside Yang.

"On all these cases, we and our Chinese friends are led by one and the same principle – the necessity to observe international law, respect UN procedures and not allow interference from outside in domestic conflicts and all the more the use of force," added Lavrov.

Yang, who held a closed-door meeting with Putin the day earlier, said that the two countries' bilateral relations were of huge importance for the world as a whole.

"We believe together that Russia-China relations do not just have major importance for our countries but have an influence on ensuring peace and development on the planet as a whole."

The 2013 BRICS summit will bring together the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa for the first time on the African continent, a region where Beijing's influence has greatly increased over the last years.

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US refusal to condemn Damascus terror act frustrating - Lavrov

   Russia,China Eye-To-Eye On Crisis In Syria

 

MOSCOW,(ST)-Moscow is frustrated with Washington's refusal to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning a terrorist attack staged in Damascus on Thursday.

"It leaves us frustrated because until recently all members of the [UN] Security Council with no exception were always committed to resolutely condemning any terrorist attacks, irrespective of who staged these terrorist attacks, where and his motives," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi,according to Voice of Russia.

Russia and China said on Friday they saw eye-to-eye on all the world's problems including the crisis in Syria, as the Chinese foreign minister was in Moscow to prepare a visit by new leader Xi Jinping later this year.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi confirmed after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Communist Party chief and president–in-waiting Xi would visit Russia after he is confirmed as head of state in March to succeed Hu Jintao.

Russia and China have stood shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the two-year crisis  in Syria

"Russia and China have united positions, and promote these united positions in negotiations, on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, including the crisis in Syrian, Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear programme and other crises," Lavrov said at a news conference alongside Yang.

"On all these cases, we and our Chinese friends are led by one and the same principle – the necessity to observe international law, respect UN procedures and not allow interference from outside in domestic conflicts and all the more the use of force," added Lavrov.

Yang, who held a closed-door meeting with Putin the day earlier, said that the two countries' bilateral relations were of huge importance for the world as a whole.

"We believe together that Russia-China relations do not just have major importance for our countries but have an influence on ensuring peace and development on the planet as a whole."

The 2013 BRICS summit will bring together the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa for the first time on the African continent, a region where Beijing's influence has greatly increased over the last years.

R.Sawas

 

 

 

 

Russia Condemns Terrorist Bombing in Damascus

MOSCOW,(ST)-Moscow has condemned the terrorist blast that hit district of al-Mazraa in Damascus, urging all countries that could influence radicals in Syria to make extremists lay their weapons down.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashvich Thursday that an end to violence will pave the way for an extensive dialogue in Syria based on the Geneva Communiqué on Syria, according to Voice of Russia.

The diplomat also send condolences to the families of the victims.

Meanwhile,Russian diplomats haven't been hit by an explosion .The hit wave smashed all windows in the building, embassy 's press attaché Timur Pechatnikov.

M.D

Chance for peace in Syria shouldn’t be missed – Lavrov

 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that “he has a feeling that the settlement of the crisis in Syria has finally moved from a dead point”. Both the Syrian government and the opposition have become more inclined to a dialogue,".

On February 25, Sergey Lavrov will meet with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem in Moscow. The two Foreign Ministers will discuss what is needed for to start talks.

Mr. Lavov believes that these talks may start already next week.

“What makes me so optimistic,” he says, “is not only the fact that the Syrian government and the opposition have become more ready for talks, but also that the approach of several countries that are trying to settle the crisis in Syria to this problem has changed. It is probably too early to call it a breakthrough, but it is obviously a good start.”

 “When I meet with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem,” Mr. Lavrov says, “I am going to ask him how he evaluates the current situation in Syria and what steps he suggests for the crisis  to be settled.”

“It is also a good sign that the US has promised its help to Russia in its efforts to mediate in talks between the sides in Syria,” the Russian Foreign Minister continues. “Last Sunday, I had a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State John Kerry, and he assured me of that.”

 “Mr. Kerry agreed with me that in the current situation, there is a good chance to make considerable steps towards peace in Syria, and that this chance should not be missed.

During their phone talk, Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry expressed a wish to meet personally for a more detailed discussion in the nearest future. After all, it is more convenient to discuss such important issues during a personal meeting. 

The personal meeting between Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Kerry will probably take place somewhere between February 24 and March 6, during John Kerry’s tour to several countries – his first tour since he has been appointed the US’s State Secretary. This was announced by the Ms. Victoria Nuland on Tuesday.

 M.D

No Bet on Solving Crisis in Syria By Force-Lavrov

MOSCOW,(ST)_ Russia 's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that using force will not solve the crisis in Syria, as the need to "resolve it" through dialogue increases.
Russia Today online quoted Lavrov as saying in the opening of Russian-Arab Forum on Tuesday in Moscow: "Regarding the conflict in Syria, we can conclude that the bet to make a settlement by the use of force from any side will not lead to the desired result".
Lavrov added that his country does not only support dialogue between the government and the opposition , but even help to "create favorable conditions on the ground of agreements ratified in Geneva, proposed by the UN envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi ."
Concerning what is taking place in the Middle East Lavrov said that Moscow is dissatisfied with the course of events in this region, noting "we are concerned about the emergence of hotbeds of armed conflicts in the region , the high proportion of extremism and terrorism and uncontrolled proliferation of weapons."
"We believe that the" Arab League "is required to play the main role in settling disputes arising in the Arab world, including efforts to resolve internal conflicts and create conditions for direct comprehensive national dialogue involving all political forces , ensuring the rights of all communities, minorities , without external interference ." Lavrov continued.

On the Arab-Israeli conflict Lavrov noted the need to unite the efforts of both the "Quartet" and Arab League.
However, works of the first Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum was launched in Moscow today (Wednesday). Conditions in Syria , the Palestinian issue and latest developments in Libya , Sudan, Yemen and Somalia will be on top of the Forum 's agenda.
In an inaugural speech, Lavrove said :" We hope that the Forum helps to expand various relations between Russia and the Arab League," pointing out that the Memorandum of Understanding on the forum was signed in December , 2009."
For his part, Spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Ukashevich said that "Moscow pins great importance on launching the cooperation process with the Arab League , in light of the significant progress in the Russian-Arab cooperation in all areas ."
The Forum t is expected adopt a joint statement and a plan of action for the next three years.

 

T. Fateh

Arms supplies to Syrian opposition fuel further bloodshed ,says Gatilov

Increasing foreign arms supplies to the Syrian opposition fuel more bloodshed in Syria and undermine efforts to normalize the situation and bring the sides to the negotiating table, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday, a Voice of Russia correspondent reports.

He stressed that Russia has been supplying military equipment and weapons to Syria under bilateral contracts signed long before the onset of the crisis in Syria .

R.Sawas

Russian Humanitarian Aid to Syria Arrives at LattakiaAirport

MOSCOW, (ST) -Two Russian planes carrying tones of humanitarian aid to Syria arrived on Tuesday at the Syrian Lattakia Airport.

Earlier, Spokeswoman of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Irina Rossius told Itar Tass news agency that "the two emergencies planes Il-76 and Il 62 are to leave for Lattakia from Moscow on Tuesday carrying 44 tones of humanitarian aid."

She said that one of the planes carries tents, electricity generators, kitchen stuff and foldable furniture, while the other includes food stuff.

 Rossius pointed out that the planes will be ready to evacuate Russian citizens who want to leave Syria.

In another development, the Russian Defense Ministry has decided to keep Russian warships in the Mediterranean. The decision comes in the light of the results of the naval military exercises Russia had carried out last month.  

 "Russia Today" website quoted a source at the Russian Defense Ministry's media office as saying that that Russia is sending four more warships to the Mediterranean Sea to join an escort ship and smaller vessels that are already on duty in the region.

Meanwhile, Russia renewed its commitment to the contracts of technical military cooperation with Syria.

Deputy Director of the Federal Agency for Technical Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries said in a statement on the sideline of the International Arms Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates, that Russia sends only defensive arms to Syria and "we have to implement the signed contracts since today there are no UN sanctions on Syria."  

He stressed the "regime" in Syria is legitimate and has been elected by the Syrian people. "For this reason, Russia maintains its cooperation with Syria regardless the current events, he said, adding that the future of Russian-Syrian technical military cooperation "depends on the development of the situation in this country."

H. Mustafa 

Russia, US Pin Hope on Syrian Government- Opposition Dialogue- Lavrov

 

BRUSSELES,(ST)_  Russia 's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday  that Moscow and Washington are convinced of the need to exploit the opportunity may availed by the Syrian government negotiations with the opposition.

Russia Today quoted Lavrov as saying in a press statement "I talked  with US Secretary of State  John Kerry about Syria.. about signs of hope that both the government and the opposition seriously agree on the need for dialogue ".

Lavrov added :  "We have discussed how can we help to that  preconditions should not  block the road to such a dialogue .. Moscow and Washington are convinced of the need to  fully exploit this opportunity and both sides to do  everything possible  in order to settle secondary issues   because it is important, to bring  parties on  the dialogue table and both sides  to  try to take advantage of this opportunity. "

Lavrov pointed out that he agreed with Kerry to meet soon , noting :"We agreed during a telephone call meet soon somewhere."
In another context, Lavrov confirmed that there is no government shipment headed  from Russia to Syria in the Finnish port of Helsinki and that Moscow is now working to clarify about this matter.
He continued that  "There were not any cargo on board  of the ship,  so we are going to investigate on the news reported on this matter."

 T.F