Syria: Moskow wants a political solution
Nov 12, 2012 - MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich reiterated on Monday that linking the future of Syria to those who depend on violence and terrorism is unacceptable.
In statements quoted by Russia Today website, Lukashevich pointed out that Moscow has recently expressed rejection of the gunmen's threats of downing civil planes in the Syrian airspace, adding that now there are threats against foreign diplomatic missions and citizens.
He said that Russia rejects the behavior of the fundamentalists in the Syrian armed opposition.
He also reiterated the call on all sides if the crisis to stop violence and launch a political process as soon as possible, calling on foreign players to support progress in this regard according to Geneva agreement endorsed last June.
Lukashevich affirmed that those who are thinking of modernizing Syria democratically in a manner that respects its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity should work through the framework of the Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Declaration.
He said that Russia believes that its primary task is working to end violence, save lives and launch a political process in Syria.
Regarding the efforts of international and regional sides to create new coalitions and alliances among the so-called Syrian opposition, Lukashevich said that as far as Moscow is concerned, this issue depends on whether the members of these coalitions are prepared to settle the crisis by the Syrians themselves without foreign military intervention and through dialogue and negotiations as per the framework of the Geneva declaration.
He also noted that Moscow is maintaining communication with the Syrian government and all sides of the opposition to convince them to adopt such a constructive position.
In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said via Twitter that the efforts for unifying the Syrian opposition will only be useful in case they are prepared to launch political dialogue with the Syrian government as per the Geneva declaration.
Russian Military Official: Moscow Implements all Military Agreements with Syria
Head of the Air Force Department at the Rosoboronexport Establishment, Sergei Kornev, stressed on Monday that Russia is implementing all agreements in the field of military cooperation with Syria.
In a statement quoted by Russia Today website, Kornev said that Russia is implementing all agreements signed with Syria already, adding that all exports to Syria are stipulated by these agreements.
He added that Russia's military sales to Syria do not violate the international agreements or the Russian laws.
Kornev is heading the Rosoboronexport Establishment delegation to the China Air Show 2012 exhibition which will be opened tomorrow in China.
Photo: Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov