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Top Russian, US diplomats support de Mistura’s efforts to arrange intra-Syrian talks

January 29, 2016, 18:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Sergey Lavrov slammed attempts by some opponents of the Syrian leadership to put up preliminary conditions for the start of the talks in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254

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UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura

UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura

© AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

MOSCOW, January 29 /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry by telephone that the entire spectrum of Syrian opposition should be represented at the intra-Syrian talks, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

"The sides exchanged views on Syria-related topics. Both sides supported the efforts of UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura to arrange negotiations between representatives of the Syrian government and Syrian opposition with an aim to achieve political settlement," the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

Lavrov described as unacceptable attempts by some opponents of the Syrian leadership to put up preliminary conditions for the start of the talks in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

"The Russian minister re-emphasized it was important that the delegation of Syrian opposition represent the entire spectrum of the opposition forces and stressed the need to form a united front against ISIS [the former name for the Islamic State terrorist group] and other terrorist groups," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Lavrov and Kerry also discussed some other urgent problems.

"The Russian foreign minister expressed indignation over the far-fetched and remorseless accusations launched by some senior officials in the Obama administration against the Russian leadership when the sides discussed the Russian-American relations," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Washington is fully responsible for the intentional incitement of tensions in bilateral relations," the ministry stressed.

Earlier this week, Adam Szubin, US Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Treasury, claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in corruption schemes.

Russian political scientists described his allegations as the irresponsible words of an irresponsible official.

Political scientist Pavel Danilin considers the appearance of these speculations as an element of the current information attack on Russia.

"All this is linked to the appearance of burgeoning shoots in the Ukraine settlement; Europe’s growing discontent with the sanctions policy because it does not need sanctions against Russia," Danilin told TASS. According to him, the attack is designed to inflict a further economic and political damage on Russia’s interests.

He described the allegations directed at President Putin as irresponsible statements of an irresponsible official.

"Theoretically, it would have been possible to hire a legal firm in the United States to sue him [Szubin] in court for defamation," Danilin said adding, however, that the president was supposed to file the lawsuit himself.

"But who is this deputy secretary of the Treasury for the president to react to what he says?" the expert said.

"The United States often makes cautious statements, which are supposed to have a bombshell media effect without any legal consequences," Alexey Mukhin, director-general of the Political Information Centre, told TASS.

Mukhin believes that attempts to react to the accusations will have media consequences. "It is a special trap for politicians designed to discredit them," the political scientist said.

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