Netanyahu expects to meet with Putin in Sochi on August 23 — Israeli premier’s officeRussian Politics & Diplomacy August 19, 22:47
Surgut attacker is identified as a local resident - investigationSociety & Culture August 19, 14:09
Combat module containing neural networks may become series in Russia in 2018 — designerMilitary & Defense August 19, 10:44
Russian Head of General Staff Gerasimov hands award weapon to Syrian generalMilitary & Defense August 19, 9:10
German politician says Crimea should to be recognized as part of RussiaWorld August 19, 6:22
Russian Emergencies Ministry carries out over 430 humanitarian missions abroad since 1993Society & Culture August 19, 6:18
Olympic diving champion Zakharov to carry Russia’s flag at opening ceremony of UniversiadeSport August 19, 4:11
New defense attorney to be appointed in former Ukrainian president’s high treason caseWorld August 19, 4:04
Mayor says Izmir International Fair homage to memory of late Russian ambassadorWorld August 19, 3:59
ROME, January 24. /ITAR-TASS/. The very fact that the international conference on the peaceful settlement in Syria has begun is a big success, first of all, of the Russian diplomacy, Russia’s Ambassador to the Holy See, a former Minister of Culture, Alexander Avdeyev told Itar-Tass on Friday.
Fruitful cooperation between Russia and the United States should facilitate the success at the inter-Syrian talks, added Avdeyev. “We will hope that the Syrian parties will find a solution to the crisis,” the diplomat said.
“The experience of multilateral talks on the Balkans proves that it is much more difficult to finish the conference than to convene it,” the ambassador noted.
The conference on Kosovo in February 1999 “yielded no results. The Dayton Agreement is still effective and ensures peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the result of good Russian-American cooperation,” Avdeyev said.
“Vatican is very interested in the success of the forum. Otherwise it would be impossible to stop the flow of refugees, the sufferings of Christians, and, like all the local residents, they may remain victims and hostages of the war,” Avdeyev said.
The ambassador stressed Vatican and Russia “share the estimation of the negative role of Islamic extremism in the Syrian events.”
“Vatican supports fully our efforts and the Pope calls on the Syrian opposition to disassociate from the Islamic extremists,” Avdeyev said.
He also stressed the common position on the issue, shared by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. “On this topic, we have been in permanent contact with Vatican’s diplomatic services,” the ambassador added.
Avdeyev said Vatican was a participant in Geneva II. “This is unusual, since, as a rule, in conferences of the kind Vatican is participating as an observer only,” the diplomat concluded.