IMF maintains forecast for global economy growth in 2017 at 3.4%Business & Economy January 16, 19:45
Six more settlements join Syria ceasefire regime — Defense MinistryWorld January 16, 19:22
Foreign Ministry: Washington initiating new arms race in EuropeRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:15
Diplomat says anti-terror efforts must not be hostage to political ambitionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:08
Russian football team to use training camp abroad for 2017 FIFA Confederations CupSport January 16, 19:00
Russia's Nornickel to present social, economic projects at Arctic forumBusiness & Economy January 16, 18:51
IMF expects oil prices to grow by almost 20% in 2017Business & Economy January 16, 18:39
Russia's space agency to replace Soyuz spacecraft that will be launched to ISS in MarchScience & Space January 16, 18:23
Russian, French scientists study permafrost lakes in ArcticBusiness & Economy January 16, 18:09
VILNIUS, October 21. /TASS/. The visit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Moscow is a signal to the West over the role Russia could play in resolving the crisis in this country, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy at the Kaunas-based Vytautas Magnus University Giedrius Cesnakas told Lithuania’s ELTA news agency.
"By inviting Assad to Moscow, Russia sends the West a signal: Moscow is the actor that should be present at the negotiating table on Syria’s future," he said. The political scientist believes this is, above all, a signal to the West and the United States that "it is necessary to keep up the dialogue [with Moscow], since it continues to be an important player in the region." "We should not forget that Russia played a successful role in the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, and the current visit is yet another manifestation of influence," Cesnakas said.
According to him, the leaders of the two countries must have synchronized the possible stances at the forthcoming talks, which "will be later presented to Western political process partners." This indicates that al-Assad not only continues to be self-confident, but also intends to take part in the negotiations on Syria’s future, Cesnakas added.