MOSCOW, (Source: SANA) – Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regretted the Arab League’s decision to suspend the work of the Arab monitors’ mission, adding that sending a peacekeeping mission needs Syria’s approval in the first place.
In a joint press conference with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah Bin Zayed in Moscow, Lavrov stressed his country’s rejection of any foreign interference in Syria’s internal affairs.
He added that it is a must to seek solutions in Syria away from foreign interference in its internal affairs, in addition to supporting efforts to reach peaceful solutions.
He stressed the need to provide all support to conduct a comprehensive dialogue that satisfies all spectrums of the Syrian society.
Lavrov called for ceasing all forms of violence in Syria including the practices of the armed groups. Regarding the AL decision to send a peacekeeping mission to Syria, Lavrov said that Moscow requires the Arab countries to provide more clarifications in this regard.
Lavrov underlined the importance of reaching a cease-fire between the two sides but unfortunately the armed groups in Syria don’t have a united leadership to influence on it.
“We have supported the AL decision to send a monitoring mission to Syria and helped get the Syrian government’s approval as we believe that the mission was tasked to uncover objective and realistic facts about the situation in Syria,” said Lavrov, expressing regret over the AL decision to suspend the work of this mission.
In response to a question about Russia’s stance towards the call for holding ” Friends of Syria” meeting, Lavrov said that such a meeting will not stop violence or solve the problem if it was intended to bring friends of the Syrian opposition together.
He added that more clarification is required on such meeting. If all the Syrians will participate in this meeting then it is a good idea, adding that if it is limited to the group of the Syrian opposition’s friends, it won’t contribute to the main goal of the AL plan to launch a comprehensive national dialogue in Syria, which Russia supported.
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