Rosneft privatization deal is completed — KremlinBusiness & Economy December 07, 21:06
Contact Group focuses on demining, creation of new security zones in Donbass — OSCE envoyWorld December 07, 20:57
Russian Defense Ministry reports 70% of eastern Aleppo under control of Syrian armyWorld December 07, 20:21
Moscow slams Polish FM's remarks on NATO-Russia Council meeting — sourceRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 07, 20:12
IOC extends doping-related sanctions against RussiaSport December 07, 19:35
Russian oil companies back Energy Ministry proposal on limiting oil production — ministerBusiness & Economy December 07, 18:42
Syrian troops take full control over 47 quarters of eastern Aleppo — ministryWorld December 07, 18:36
Sberbank head expects oil and gas prices to continue to fallBusiness & Economy December 07, 18:26
Russian sappers start clearing eastern Aleppo from minesMilitary & Defense December 07, 18:17
MOSCOW, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow is concerned over the reports suggesting that the US administration intends to increase the provision of military aid to the “right” gunmen in the Syrian armed opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
“The media reports that the US administration intends to increase the provision of military aid to the “right” gunmen in the ranks of the Syrian armed opposition cause serious concern,” the ministry said. “At the same time, there are many publications about the recognition of the facts of supplies of military products to the opposition members, although not that long ago, Washington referred only to the provision of non-lethal means to the opponents of Bashar Assad in aid.”
“We are certain that the implementation of such plans would result in the further escalation of the murderous conflict in Syria,” the ministry stressed.
Lack of alternative to political settlement of crisis
Earlier on Friday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone conversation confirmed lack of an alternative to a political settlement of the inter-Syrian conflict.
“The parties discussed the situation in Syria,” the press service said. “Putin and Erdogan confirmed it was unacceptable to have whatever contacts with radical groups, especially those connected with al Qaeda and it was necessary to neutralize them.”
Besides, the parties “stressed the lack of an alternative to settling by political means the inter-Syrian conflict,” the press service said.
Russian observers to monitor Syrian elections
Representatives of the Russian Central Elections Commission (CEC) will be sent as observers to Syrian presidential elections which are due on June 3.
CEC member Anton Lopatin and deputy head of the foreign relations department of the CEC staff Igor Yevlanov will monitor the presidential elections at Syria’s invitation, the CEC press service reported.
The CEC delegation will operate in a group of observers from both houses of Russian parliament.
“As Syria finds a mission of Russian international observers important, a meeting is planned with participants of the election process and election organizers during their stay in Syria,” the press service said.
Presidential elections in Syria
Three candidates are running in presidential elections, namely incumbent President Bashar Assad, lawmaker from the Popular Front for Change and Liberation bloc Maher Abdul-Hafiz Hajjar and liberally minded businessman and former state minister who heads now the National Initiative for Reforms Hassan al-Nouri.
On Thursday, May 28, Syrian citizens living abroad voted at embassies in a total of 38 countries, including a polling station at the country’s embassy in Moscow. However, Syrian largest communities in France, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and the United States were stripped of an opportunity to vote at elections over a ban imposed by authorities of these countries. Meanwhile, Syrian citizens working in the Gulf States where embassies of the country are closed do not have an opportunity to exercise their constitutional suffrage right.