Russian senior MP calls on EU politicians not to hide heads in sand in Syrian settlementRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 26, 18:09
Three Russian fans stabbed after football match in BelgradeSport March 26, 3:28
Russia ready to take part in restoring oil production in Syria - energy ministerBusiness & Economy March 26, 3:27
Moscow disappointed over new US sanctions against Russian companies - Foreign MinistryRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 26, 1:28
US sanctions 8 Russian companies over non-proliferation lawWorld March 25, 21:53
Russia's Defense Ministry says US-led coalition unlikely to launch battle for Raqqa soonRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 19:06
Russia cuts oil production by 185,000 barrels per day as of today — energy ministerBusiness & Economy March 25, 18:30
OPEC has no objections to speed of Russia's oil production cutsBusiness & Economy March 25, 12:38
Opposition leader Vladimir Neklyayev detained in Belarus - news agency directorWorld March 25, 5:33
GENEVA, February 12, 22:38 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is pleased with Wednesday’s meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and hopes that the government delegation will continue the talks in Geneva in a constructive manner, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on February 12.
“We had a constructive meeting with Muallem and the Syrian delegation. We are quite pleased with the discussions we had,” Gatilov said.
“This is a crucial moment. We are convinced that a political solution is the only way to resolve all problems in Syria in order to stop the violence, fight terrorism and create decent conditions for future prosperity of the country,” Gatilov said.
An informed diplomatic source said that the Russian delegation will meet with the head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Ahmad al-Jarba, in Geneva on February 13.
Gatilov doubts that the document proposed by the Syrian opposition will be discussed at a trilateral meeting between Russian, U.S. and U.N. officials on February 13.
If the document contains any addition or clarification that is “consistent with the Geneva Communique, such a document may have the right to existence,” he added.
“To us, the Geneva Communique is the basis of the negotiations, and everything is stated in it,” the diplomat said.
Gatilov said the Russian delegation had not yet seen the document proposed by the opposition. “We have not studied it yet,” he noted.
Asked how in his opinion the Syrian talks should go, Gatilov said, “We think it would be logical to move in several directions at the same time.