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
Ahmadinejad: Only Way out of Crisis in Syria is Through Political Solutions Based on Syrian People's Interests
August 8, 2012 - TEHRAN, (SANA) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed the need to resolve the crisis in Syria through political solutions based on the interests of the Syrian People.
During his meeting in Tehran on Wednesday with Special Envoy of the Pakistani President, Sughra Imam, Ahmadinejad criticized the interference of some regional countries in the Syrian countries which further complicates the situation.
He affirmed that earning people's freedom and the right to vote isn't achieved through war, and that the upcoming meetings of the foreign ministers in Tehran and of the leaders of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca represent an opportunity to adopt political and local solution to the Syrian crisis rather than armed conflicts.
Salehi: Consultative Meeting on Syria will Discuss Ending Violence
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the consultative meeting on Syria will be held on Thursday, attended by 12 or 13 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America, adding that the number of participating countries might reach 15.
In a statement to the Iranian News Agency on Wednesday, Salehi said ''The main topic of Tehran meeting will be ending violence and national dialogue in Syria,'' adding that Iran is focused on putting an end to violence as soon as possible and the importance of starting national dialogue.
On the 48 Iranian visitors kidnapped by armed terrorist groups in Syria, Salehi said that efforts are underway to release them.
Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister: Consultative Meeting in Tehran on Syria Aims to Help Syrian People Overcome the Crisis
Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdullahian said that the consultative meeting in Tehran on the situation in Syria aims to help the Syrian people overcome the current crisis.
Mehr News Agency quoted Abdullahian as saying that the meeting is due to be held in Tehran on Thursday, with the participation of a big number of influential Arab and regional countries.
''The participants in the meeting aim to stress rejection of violence as a means to settle disputes,'' Abdullahian said, indicating that Tehran meeting will be held for enhancing regional and international efforts to help the Syrian people overcome the current crisis.
He said that the participants in the meeting believe that national dialogue is the best way to restore stability to Syria and pave the way for reaching a solution that is satisfactory to both sides.
Abdullahian said his country sees that the political solutions put forward by the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, pave the way for ending violence in Syria, adding that the meeting embodies the political will of the participating countries to solve the crisis peacefully.
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