Lavrov and al-Moallem Discuss Steps to Reduce Consequences of US Aggression

12 April، 2017
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss with Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem joint steps to reduce the consequences of US aggression on Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a press conference in Moscow, the Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the two ministers will discuss the situation in Syria which is still subjecting to attacks by the international terrorism and to that was added the armed aggression by the United States.

She added that the ministers will also discuss the possible joint steps aimed at reducing the consequences of this flagrant violation of international law in the region and the world.

Zakharova said that Washington’s use of force in Syria is a serious threat both to regional and international security.

“Unfortunately, anti-Russian forces in the West are not stopping in their desire to destroy positive undertakings on the way towards political settlement, which, as you know, were created largely thanks to the efforts by Russia and its partners in the Astana process, and also by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura and his team in Geneva,” she added.

She described the US claims that Russia might have had knowledge about the alleged chemical attack in Syria’s Khan Shaikhoun as “irresponsible and non-constructive”.

“What comments can be made on this? Such news, such fakes deserve only one type of comment,” she said.

Commenting on the Turkish Health Ministry’s position with regard to the use of chemical agent sarin in Idleb, Zakharova said the case of chemical weapons is within the competence of the relevant international organizations.

“In particular, the issue is within the competence of “not only the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons” but also within the competence “of the relevant division dealing with the investigation of incidents with the use of chemical weapons directly on the territory of Syria,” she said.

Manar/Mazen

Lavrov: Moscow stresses importance to prevent future US strikes against Syria

12 April، 2017
Moscow, SANA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow believes that it is important in principle not to allow new US strikes against Syria in the future, adding that a counter-terrorism front must be formed.

“Russia’s leadership has already voiced its principal assessments in this respect. We believe it is of principal importance to prevent risks of a repeat of such steps in the future,” Lavrov said during his meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow.

Lavrov said that Moscow wants to understand the real intentions of the US administration.

“We are always in favor of collective steps,” Lavrov said. “We do not consider any closed alliances and misalliances productive.”

“It’s very important for us to understand the US position and real intentions of your administration. I hope to achieve progress on this path today,” the minister added.

“I will be frank that we have a lot of questions regarding very ambiguous as well as contradictory ideas regarding a whole plethora of bilateral and international agenda coming from Washington,” Lavrov said.

He stressed that it is “fundamentally important to prevent future US attacks on Syria.”

He pointed out that it is difficult for Moscow to receive Washington’s explanations on operational issues because “not all State Department positions have been filled” yet.

M.al-Frieh/H. Said