25 October، 2015
President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday received a Russian delegation of parliamentarians and social figures headed by Sergei Gavrilov, Chairman of the State Duma’s Committee on Property Affairs.
The meeting focused on the deeply-rooted historical relations between the Syrian and Russian peoples and the importance of consolidating these relations, particularly in the field of counterterrorism and in providing humanitarian aid, in addition to other spheres, on top of which, the economic domain.
President al-Assad expressed appreciation over the Russian stances in support of the Syrian people, which have recently manifested through the air force aid to the Syrian Armed Forces in its war against terrorism, stressing that this Russian stance represents “writing a new history because this war will determine the future of the region and the world”, as beating terrorism will not only protect Syria but also all other world countries.
The President added that “eradicating terrorist organizations would lead to the political solution that we, in Syria and Russia, seek in a way that satisfies the Syrian people and protects Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
Members of the delegation stressed that the Russian people support the efforts exerted by President al-Assad in counterterrorism, which sets the foundations for bringing back peace and stability to Syria, as they would form a new world system based on a just ground.
They also expressed conviction that the support, which the decision taken by the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the participation of Russian air force in the war against terrorism has gained in the Duma Council, reflects the support of all Russian community because the war is one, the struggle is against a common enemy, and victory is unquestionable.
On Tuesday, President al-Assad stressed during his summit meeting with President Putin the need for halting all forms of support to the terrorist organizations and making room for the Syrian people to determine the future of their country.
Russia : No Discussion of Political Settlement Before the Syrian Army Defeats Terrorists
24 October، 2015
Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said defeating terrorism will not be possible unless the Syrian army succeeds in its operations against terrorists, and therefore the Syrian army needs help to achieve that end.
In an interview with the BBC, which will be aired on Monday, Peskov said Russia seeks to consolidate the positions of the “legitimate” Syrian army as there is no other choice, adding that one cannot think about the political settlement before the Syrian army defeats the terrorists.
He said neither Paris nor London, Washington or Moscow has the right to name who can or cannot be the president of Syria, stressing that only the Syrian people have the say in that issue.
Peskov pointed out that up till now, the US and its allies have failed to identify any serious opposition in Syria that is not related to terrorism or not linked to extremist organizations such as ISIS, al-Qaeda or others.
Therefore, he added, it is important to save Syria and maintain its political unity and territorial integrity and not to allow the entire region, including Syria’s neighbors, to slip into the “nightmare” of collapse and the dominance of terrorism.
Peskov stressed that Moscow’s support to Syria is an attempt to save it from the terrorists and the extremist organizations.
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No such thing as moderate terrorists
The Kremlin said that terrorism should be eradicated and there is no such thing as “moderate and extremist terrorists”.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that “Russia is ready for contacts with all those who are not terrorists. Neither our American nor European colleagues are helping us in identifying moderate forces to work with.”
He indicated that there is no “moderate” and “extremist” terrorists and that no side can list any group under the “moderate opposition”, adding that such classification should be reached via communications with the Syrian legitimate president and other countries in the region in addition to some Western countries.
He dismissed talk about a plan for a transitional process in Syria as circulated by Turkish and Western circles.
Russia, Syria Ready to Bring War on Terror to Logical End
Speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said in a letter to speaker of Syria’s People’s Council Mohammad Jihad Laham that a meeting of the Russian and Syrian Presidents in Moscow reaffirmed the full convergence of positions on the issue and commitment of the countries to bring this fight to its logical conclusion.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad confirmed the strong commitment of the two states to bring the fight against terrorism to its logical conclusion, speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said in a letter to speaker of Syria’s People’s Council Mohammad Jihad Laham Saturday.
“A meeting of the Russian and Syrian Presidents in Moscow reaffirmed the full convergence of positions on the issue and commitment of the countries to bring this fight to its logical conclusion. We are ready to continue promoting political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict in Syria, as well as providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian people,” the letter said.
The delegation, comprising Russian parliamentarians, has arrived in Damascus with humanitarian and political mission on Friday.
The Russian parliamentarians are also planning to meet with Syrian government officials.
Lavrov and Kerry discuss the political settlement in Syria
24 October، 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed in a phone call from his U.S. counterpart John Kerry the political settlement for the crisis in Syria.
Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that during the phone conversation Lavrov and Kerry continued discussing the tasks of organizing the political process between the Syrian government and the unified delegation of the opposition forces and ensuring support for these efforts from abroad by employing the capabilities of all the influential countries in the region.
On Friday Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry held a meeting in the Austrian capital, on the sidelines of a meeting that brought together the foreign ministers of Russia, the US, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The quartet meeting ended up in agreeing on a formula for external support related to the political process in Syria, as Lavrov announced yesterday.
Lavrov, however, noted that the formula which was not final, stressing the need to bring Iran and Egypt on board in the next round of consultations.
Lavrov stressed to Kerry need for implementing UN counterterrorism resolutions
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Lavrov stressed during talks with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry that the UN resolutions on countering terrorist organizations in Syria need to be implemented.
“Lavrov especially emphasized the need for consistent implementation of the relevant UN resolutions relating to countering [ISIS], Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist groups, as well as … to restoring peace and stability in Syria based on respect for and guarantees of legitimate rights of all ethnic and religious groups in the country,” the statement read.
It noted that EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini highly appreciated Russia’s initiative to hold the ministerial meeting in Vienna.
Lavrov: Moscow ready to cooperate with Washington in fighting terrorism in Syria
In an interview with Russia 24 TV station before his visit to Vienna, Lavrov said Russia was ready to cooperate with the US in fighting terrorism in Syria.
He added that there are prospects for advancement in the political process in Syria in the foreseeable future.
Lavrov stressed that Russia is open to all the parties of the Syrian opposition and it counts on the opposition whose representatives have repeatedly visited Moscow and took part in the two Moscow meetings.
He highlighted the necessity to prepare for the parliamentary and presidential elections within the framework of the political settlement in Syria.
Lavrov voiced his country’s readiness to provide air support to the “opposition” , including the “Free Army”, noting however that Moscow has still been declined information by Washington on where terrorists are located, and where is the opposition.
Lavrov inform Iranian and Egyptian counterparts on the quartet meeting
In a relevant context, Lavrov informed his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in a phone call on Saturday the outcomes of the quartet meeting in Vienna.
Both foreign ministers stressed the need to expand the international efforts to accelerate steps towards solving the crisis in Syria.
Lavrov also called his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and informed him on the outcomes of Vienna meeting.
According to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, both sides agreed on continuing cooperation to intensify the joint efforts to support fighting terrorism in the region and the political settlement in Syria.