By R. Raslan/ F. Allafi/ H. Said
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said Russia’s stances and evaluation of current situation in Syria are based on the historical friendship relations between Damascus and Moscow, in addition to not allowing any violation of the basic principles of the international law.
Accepting the credentials of Riyad Haddad as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Syria to Russia at the Kremlin, President Medvedev stressed the importance of achieving stability in Syria without any foreign interference.
He added that the main issue for now is for the Syrians to be able without any foreign interference to end violence, restore stability to Syria and launch an effective national dialogue.
The Russian President stressed that Russia will always stand by Syria and support it by all means.
For his part, Ambassador Haddad expressed Syria’s readiness for the widest strategic cooperation with Russia on all levels and to the farthest extents.
The Ambassador briefed the Russian President on the tangible steps taken by the Syrian leadership to move ahead with the implementation of the political, economic and social reforms and conducting the national dialogue in Syria.
Both sides dealt with the regional and international situation and the roles designed for some Mideast countries in the next stage, in light of establishing bases for the U.S. missile shield in the region and the security threats this constitutes to Russia and other countries.
Lavrov: Russia Rejects Turning the AL Work Plan into Ultimatum to Syrian Government
In another context, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country rejects that the Arab League addresses only the Syrian Government with an ultimatum-like request to end violence.
At a press conference in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, Lavrov highlighted Russia’s rejection of turning the Work Plan of the Arab League into an ultimatum to the Syrian Government, stressing at the same time the necessity of ending violence immediately by all sides and getting the Syrian authorities and opposition to start dialogue on means to settle the situation, as well as implementing the reforms in Syria.
Meanwhile, during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the foreign ministers conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Lavrov reiterated his country’s rejection of the use of ultimatums and threats of force and any foreign armed interference in Syria.
In a statement issued today, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Lavrov and Davutoglo discussed the Syrian issue and expressed a common view on the importance of using the Arab League’s Work Plan to resolve the crisis in Syria.