MOSCOW,(SANA) - Russia on Wednesday strongly condemned the chain of terrorist acts launched in Syria recently, stressing that these acts are meant to foil the plan of the UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.
Russia Today's website quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry 's statement as reminding of the terrorist acts committed on April 27th, which were followed three days later by two booby-trapped car blasts in Idleb that targeted state establishments, killing nine people, injuring tens and causing severe damages to the neighboring houses, pointing out that no Russian people were among the injured.
The statement added that on that same day, gunmen shelled Syria's Central Bank with bomb launchers, attacked a police patrol in the Syrian capital, injuring four people, and tried to sabotage an oil pipeline in Deir-Ezzour.
The Ministry expressed deep condolence to the families of the victims and sincere compassion with those effected, stressing that Moscow strongly condemns the terrorists' acts and draws attention that they are in fact launching an extensive campaign with the aim of undermining stability of the situation and foiling Annan's plan.
The Russian Foreign Ministry clarified that the terrorists carried out the latest chain of bombings in coincidence with the arrival of the Norwegian General Robert Mood who was appointed as head of the international observer mission to Syria in the framework of implementing Annan's plan.
"There is no doubt that those who oppose the peaceful efforts to stabilize the situation in the country are behind the terrorist acts, and that Annan's plan which stipulates for stopping bloodshed and launching an inter-Syrian dialogue contradicts their intentions to change the political regime in Syria by force," the statement added.
"Russia sees that the international community's mission is to prevent the failure of Annan's plan," the statement continued, stressing that Russia will not save any single effort to end violence in Syria as soon as possible.
It pointed out that providing appropriate environment to let the Syrians settle the situation without foreign interference is essential.
Russia and Iran: Need for Settling Crisis in Syria through Peaceful Means
Russia and Iran on Wednesday renewed their stance which stresses the necessity of settling the crisis in Syria through peaceful means, based on an internal national dialogue.
The Special Representative of the Russian President for the Middle East, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held talks with the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme Council of the Iranian National Security Ali Baqeri on the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria.
"The two sides supported the efforts of the UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan and the activities of the monitors' mission," a statement for the Russian Foreign Minister stated.
In a relevant context, the Russian Ministry said that Bogdanov discussed with the US Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul the situation in the region, including Syria and Sudan.
Russia To Increase Number of Russian Observers in Syria to Five
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov announced that four more Russian observers will join the UN observer mission in Syria, raising the number of Russian observers to five.
Gatilov said that all these Russian observers are unarmed officers and military observers affiliated with the UN, and that they will be sent to Syria before the end of May, noting that the deployment of the full observer mission must be completed by the end of the month, and that after the deployment a report will be sent to the UN Secretary General to decide whether to extend the mission or take other actions.
On where the Russian observers will be deployed, he said that Moscow is coordinating with the UN General Secretariat to handle issues related to directing the Russian observers.
He pointed out that 20 observers are currently monitoring the cessation of violence in Syria, noting that while the situation in general is far from stable, but the observers say that there's a certain degree of improvement.
Bogdanov: There Are Destructive Forces among the Syrian Opposition That Don't Want Reforms
Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that there are destructive forces among the Syrian opposition that don't want reforms and realize that they can't rise to power through elections.
Russia Today website quoted Bogdanov as saying that the Syrian opposition must address the government using a single language and in a constructive manner, noting that the representation of the opposition is unclear.
He pointed out that Russia is in contact with all the Syrian opposition, and that these groups must convene and hold a conference to reach an agreement on a unified stance regarding dialogue with the government, saying that his country welcomes such initiatives, particularly since they will calm the situation.
Bogdanov stressed that the cessation of violence in Syria is an urgent matter, underlining the need to launch the political process, and that dialogue must prevent a civil war from erupting, adding that negotiations on the future of Syria and the formation of executive and legislative authorities will begin within the framework of such a dialogue.
He also reiterated his country's stances regarding the crisis in Syria, affirming that decisions regarding Syria's future mustn't be imposed from abroad.