Korean News Agency: US wants to deter influence of Russia, China in Asia PacificWorld October 25, 6:41
No flights of Russian, Syrian aviation over Aleppo in last 7 days — Defense MinistryWorld October 25, 5:24
Crimea’s integration, ecology to dominate agenda of RPF forum in YaltaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 25, 4:31
At least 48 people killed in attack at police college in PakistanWorld October 25, 3:50
Patriarch Kirill I to hold major news conference as part of Orthodox media festivalSociety & Culture October 25, 3:12
Medvedev to hold session of Presidential Council on Strategic Development on TuesdayRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 25, 1:49
Moldovan court issues warrant for arrest of opposition figureheadWorld October 25, 1:33
Ukraine’s prosecutor general seen as possible successor to President Poroshenko — MPWorld October 25, 0:23
51 ceasefire violations reported in Syria in past day — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 24, 23:32
MOSCOW, May 29 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed the need for objective and unbiased investigation of the Houla tragedy in Syria in a telephone conversation with UN/LAS Special Envoy Kofi Annan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
He expressed profound concern over the Houla tragedy and stressed that “all parties to the Syrian conflict must stop violence immediately and prevent similar incidents in the future.”
“So far it is necessary to hold an objective and unbiased investigation of the incident circumstances under the aegis of the UN Observation Mission in Syria,” the ministry quoted Lavrov.
“The fulfillment of the Kofi Annan plan becomes an even more topical task under these circumstances,” he said. “Therefore, we stressed the need for intensifying contacts with the Syrian sides, including the opposition. It was emphasized that the external parties should encourage the Syrians to begin the political dialog of full value.”
Annan confirmed his intention to continue the work and thanked Russia for its unwavering support to his efforts, the ministry said.