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Threat of aggression against Syria just postponed, but not lifted completely

September 24, 2013, 12:43 UTC+3

Moscow hopes text of resolution on Syria will be agreed upon within week

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Pochuev

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Pochuev

MOSCOW, September 24 (Itar-Tass) - A threat of aggression against Syria is just moved away, but is not lifted completely, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at an Open Floor discussion in the State Duma lower house of Russian parliament here on Tuesday.

“The Russian delegation visited Damascus on September 18-19. The Syrian leadership stated at the talks that the country is prepared to fulfil its commitments, which the country assumed over its accession in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” he said. “(Syrian president) Bashar Assad confirmed the same intention in an interview with the U.S. TV channel Fox News. “Thus, Syria has declared clearly the country’s good will,” Ryabkov said.

“In this situation the U.S. attempts to adopt a resolution, which contains the direct threat against Syria, are absolutely illogical,” Ryabkov noted. “We do not intend to step on the same rack twice, we learnt the lesson of Libya very well. We are saying to our Western partners that upon reaching diplomatic agreements now we should put them in practice, Assad’s government is a true reality, therefore, the cooperation with it is the imperative,” he said.

It is impossible to fulfil the plan for destroying the chemical weapons in Syria without this cooperation, the deputy foreign minister said. “Unfortunately, this should be noted that not all is going on smoothly in the contacts with the Americans and not in the direction it should go,” Ryabkov added. “Coming to a compromise on chemical weapons, U.S. officials continue to affirm that the Syrian incumbent authorities are blamed for the use of chemical weapons without producing exhaustive evidence to this effect. They are constantly making remarks that the plans to punish Damascus remain in force up to a military interference,” he noted. “We are also making concrete conclusions from the fact that the threat of aggression in defiance of international law is just moved away, but it is not lifted completely,” the Russian diplomat stated.

Ryabkov also expressed hopes that the text of resolution on Syria will be agreed upon within a week. “I would like to hope that this will be done within a week, but there is no full guarantee about it,” he said in reply to the question about the issue.

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