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WASHINGTON, August 9 (Itar-Tass) - Russia and the U.S. agree on the importance of precluding a collapse of state power institutes in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday as he opened the Russian-American talks in the two-plus-two format.
He admitted that the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and he do not always fully share the viewpoints as regards the situation in Syria, like the problems of certain moves forwards or the responsibility of one or another party for the bloodshed in the internal conflict raging in that country.
Still the U.S. and Russia agree that a political solution to the crisis through negotiations is absolutely essential in order prevent Syria’s institutional collapse. This is the final response to the problems plaguing Syria, Kerry said.
Moscow and Washington are unanimous in their efforts to attain the convocation of a second conference on Syrian peace settlement in Geneva, Sergei Lavrov said Friday at the opening of the two-plus-two talks.
“We share a common position on Syria and it implies the transition of the situation to the political track,” Lavrov said.
He once again called attention to a statement that the leaders of the G8 had passed at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, earlier this year. The participants called on all the parties to the Syrian conflict to unite and to force terrorists out of their countries.