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Russian senior lawmaker calls on all interested countries to join Russian-Syrian dialogue

October 21, 2015, 16:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Moscow will be glad if other interested countries, the Western partners and countries in the region join the dialogue to find a peaceful solution to settling the Syrian crisis as soon as possible
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Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko

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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has called on all interested countries to join the dialogue between Russia and Syria.

"The fact that the president of Russia and Syria met is significant because a wide range of issues of our cooperation is on the agenda," Matviyenko told journalists commenting on the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad in Moscow.

"This dialogue is not closed, of course. We will be glad if other interested countries, our Western partners and countries in the region join it to find a peaceful solution to settling the Syrian crisis as soon as possible," she said adding that "there is definitely no military solution to this."

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin and Assad held lengthy talks in Moscow on Tuesday evening. "The talks were rather lengthy and the issues discussed are clear enough," Peskov said. "The President [of Russia Vladimir Putin] was informed in detail by the Syrian colleague [President Bashar Assad] of the state of affairs in Syria and plans for the future," the Kremlin official said.

He added that the leaders also discussed at the meeting the progress of Russia’s military operation in Syria, the fights against terrorists in Syria and various aspects of bilateral relations.

This is Assad’s first foreign trip since the civil war in Syria broke out in 2011.

At the end of September , Russian Federation Council unanimously granted permission to the Russian president to use the nation’s military force in Syria. Russia will use only its Air Force in Syria against Islamic State (IS) and other terrorist groups upon the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Kremlin chief of staff Sergey Ivanov said, stressing that no ground troops will be sent. Russian Aerospace Defense Forces started delivering targeted strikes against IS facilities on Wednesday, September 30.

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