MOSCOW, (SANA) – Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov refuted the statement made by the British PM David Cameron that President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, shifted his stance towards the situation in Syria after the G20 meeting as not true.
"It is not true at all," said Lavrov in an interview with Russia Today on Thursday.
"The meetings with UK PM David Cameron and US President Barack Obama did discuss Syria. Both our partners said President Bashar Al-Assad must go and external players must develop a transition plan for the Syrians to agree," Lavrov added.
He said " We expressed our position that we cannot accept a policy which would aim at changing regimes from the outside. This has been our position all along. We also cannot prejudge for the Syrians what the outcome of the political dialogue would be."
Lavrov reiterated his country's call for a political dialogue among all Syrians without preconditions or foreign dictates to solve the crisis in Syria.
He underlined that Russia strongly supports political dialogue and the halt of violence.
He added that his country calls upon all external players who have influence on both sides to persuade them to withdraw from cities and sit down for dialogue.
"There should be no prejudging from outside what the substance and result of this dialogue might be. It’s for the Syrians to decide," Lavrov said.
Lavrov warned that any military intervention in Syria will lead to a catastrophe in the region, stressing that Moscow is committed to implementing its military deals with Syria, especially in relation to air defense, to repel any foreign intervention.
Lavrov said that Russia's stance on the crisis in Syria is fair and transparent.
Lavrov added that there is discussion with Western and regional partners on activating the foreign factor for solving the Syrian crisis in Syria through the international conference on Syria due on June 30, adding that the conference constitutes a real chance that could yield results.
The Russian foreign minister reiterated call for non-interference in the Syrian domestic affairs and not forestalling agreements that must be reached by the Syrians themselves.
Lavrov pointed out to a US support to the proposals of the UN envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, for the meeting of the foreign players on June 30 in Geneva.
Lavrov underlined the importance that Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar take part in the conference, in addition to Iran, adding that the Iranians should be invited to the negotiating table, as well as the representatives of the UN, the Arab League and the EU.
Lavrov said that at least 50 per cent of the Syrians tie their future to President Bashar al-Assad for a variety of reasons, indicating that the Syrians fear that the West's policies will bring Islamic extremists to power. Lavrov added that Syria's fate has to be decided through a comprehensive Syrian dialogue.
In another interview with 'Moscow Echo' Radio, Minister Lavrov cast doubts over the west embargo on exporting weapons to the armed groups in Syria, reiterating that Russia would never allow for the Libyan scenario to be repeated in Syria.
Minister Lavrov blasted the double-standard police of preventing the Syrian Government from importing weapons while the armed groups are being supplied with weapons.
Minister Lavrov pointed out that the Americans have supplied Gulf countries, including those which have recently witnessed difficult tensions and unrest with specialized technology to face general protests.
Lavrov, Annan Discuss Ways to Settle Crisis in Syria
Earlier, the Russian Foreign Minister discussed with the UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, ways to settle the crisis in Syria in a phone call.
Russia Today website quoted the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying the phone call focused on international efforts to reach a diplomatic political settlement to the crisis in Syria as soon as possible.
Russia called for establishing effective mechanism to implement Annan's plan to solve the current crisis in Syria through political dialogue.
Lukashevich : Next World Order Will Depend on Way of Settling Situation in Syria
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the upcoming world order will depend on the way of settling the situation in Syria.
" It is quite clear that the Syrian situation is linked to the bases of the future world order and the mechanism of resolving the crisis in Syria," Lukashevich said in a press conference in Moscow on Thursday.
He stressed that no outsider is entitled to impose any examples on the Syrians to resolve the crisis or force people to deal with issues according to certain types.
" With respect to Syria, diplomatic and political means should be used with a commitment to the provisions of the UN Charter and international laws ," the Russian official said.
" The UN Security Council will not authorize a military intervention in Syria, " Lukashevich said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin, during the summit of G20 , noted to the impossibility of such option.
He underlined that it is better to encourage the two parties of conflict to sit down at the negotiations table, stop the bloodshed and to find ways of dealing between the international players for achieving Annan's settlement plan.
Lavrov: Alaed Carried Air Defense Systems and Three Helicopters which were Overhauled
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the Alaed Ship was carrying air defense systems and three helicopters which were overhauled in Russia.
Lavrov added in a statement to Ekho Moskvy radio that the ship carried air defense systems that could be used to repel foreign air attacks only, in addition to three helicopters which were overhauled in Russia.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that the ship MV Alaed, carrying a cargo of overhauled Russian-made Mil Mi-25 helicopter gunships bound for Syria, will dock in the north Russian port of Murmansk on June 23rd.
"While transiting the North Sea to the Atlantic, the ship-owner was informed that its third-party insurance cover had been withdrawn, and the classification agency in which the ship is located - although it is registered under a Curacao flag - demanded it go into a port for inspection. In order to avoid delay, it was decided to dock in Murmansk where it is expected on Saturday, for re-registration under the Russian flag," Lukashevich added.