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Lavrov pins no special hopes on meeting in Lausanne on Syria

October 14, 2016, 14:04 UTC+3

However, in Lausanne, Russia will propose concrete moves to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Syria and the earlier approved agreements

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YEREVAN, October 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said he pins no special hopes on Saturday’s meeting on Syria in Lausanne.

"I have no special expectations," he told the media in reply to a question from TASS. "We would like to work in a concrete way and to see first to what degree our partners are prepared to comply with UN Security Council resolutions."

However, Russia will propose concrete moves to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Syria and the earlier approved agreements.

"We will offer concrete moves which are necessary to see these resolutions (of the UN Security Council) implemented, to have Russian-American agreements implemented," the top diplomat said.

The Russian foreign minister has noted that no reciprocal steps are being made by Western partners to settle the Syrian crisis. 

"We haven’t seen any (such steps)," the minister said.

The diplomat noted he hoped that life would force the West to "look at facts" to implement the agreements on Syria.  

Speculations about 'ceasefire' in Aleppo 

Speculations about the cessation of hostilities in Aleppo are nothing but an attempt to inconspicuously whitewash Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorists and to "retouch" the situation in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media.

"All speculations to the effect that it is most important to terminate combat operations in Aleppo are an attempt to ‘retouch’ the situation and to inconspicuously whitewash Nusra and those who collaborate with it," Lavrov said.

Lavrov said Nusra was not alone and many other groups that positioned themselves as moderate were beginning to merge with Nusra and refusing to join the agreement on the cessation of hostilities.

This is the root cause of the problem, he said.

The Russian diplomat described the current situation in Syria as a difficult one. He promised that at Saturday’s talks in Lausanne Russia’s stance would be "honest and clean."

He remarked that the policy in favor of a political dialogue and for an end to violence in Syria was not only Russian.

"It is a decision of the whole international community, consecrated by the UN Security Council," he said.

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