MOSCOW, (SANA)-An informed source at the Russian Foreign Ministry Tuesday denied reports of some media that Russian warships sailed into Syria, expressing astonishment at the attempts of stirring up this issue again.
"Simply, it is ridiculous what occurs in the mass media of rumors about alleged sailing of Russian ships that carry landing units into Syria," the source stated, clarifying that Russia has nothing to hide.
" Russian Defense Ministry announced that a number of the North Sea fleet ships left Severomorsk Navy and sailed into the north part of the Atlantic Ocean to run regular trainings that have no relation to the events in Syria." The source said.
It added that in spite of the noise about the Russian ships, no one talks about the maneuvers of the Western States' fleets in the region.
Russian Defense Minister: Russia will not accept any foreign intervention in the Syrian domestic affairs
Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that his country supports any steps leading to a settlement for the crisis in Syria with peaceful means, adding "Russia will not accept any foreign intervention in the Syrian domestic affairs.
Russia Today site quoted a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry as saying that Serdyukov held talks with his Italian counterpart in Roma, reiterating that Russia will not accept any foreign intervention in the Syrian affairs.
In a relevant context, a Russian military source stated that 3 helicopters, of MI-25 style, have been mended in Russia and they will be sent back to Damascus via sea.
Bogdanov: Russia Ready to Host International Conference on Syria
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday that Russia is ready to host a new meeting of the world powers on Syria, adding that Moscow calls for holding such meetings periodically and extending representation.
In a statement, Bogdanov said that the Geneva meeting results provided that UN Envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, calls for another meeting of the international group which met in Geneva on June 30, adding that the Russian side is waiting for tangible results out of Geneva's negotiations.
He expressed Russia's regret for the absence of Iran and Saudi Arabia in Geneva meeting, adding that these two countries have enormous influence on the situation in Syria and they can contribute to the joint efforts exerted by Syria's neighbors such as Lebanon and Jordan, which were not represented at Geneva meeting, to restore security and stability to Syria.
He added that talks on the failure of Annan's plan are harmful politically and morally as they directly or indirectly lead to escalating violence in Syria.
On some interpretations of Geneva meeting outcome, Bogdanov said that any international meeting cannot decide the fate of Syria and its president.
"The fate of a particular leader should be decided by the people in accordance with international legislation," Bogdanov said.
He pointed out that the final document of Geneva meeting provides that members of the current government and the opposition can enter the governing transitional body in Syria according to mutual agreement.
On the military technical cooperation between Russia and Syria, Bogdanov pointed out that the two countries had established various relations since the 1950s. military technical cooperation is an essential component of these relations.
Margelov: Map of Africa and Middle East May Be Changed by Crisis in Syria
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Russian Federation Council Mikhail Margelov said that Syria's understanding of the Middle East in general and Syria in particular is deeper than that of its partners.
In a radio interview, Margelov said that the crisis in Syria may lead to changing the map of Africa and the Middle East, stressing the need for this process to be civilized and controllable.
He said that Russia presented an initiative presenting alternatives for resolving the Syrian crisis, and that he's due to hold his seventh meeting with a delegation from the Syrian opposition on Wednesday.
Margelov pointed out that the Syrian opposition is fragmented and divided, and that the opposition – whether in Syria, Turkey, France, Italy, the US or elsewhere – and are against the Syrian government often have conflicting positions to a degree that makes it seem hard to bring them all under one roof.
He noted that this is what prompted Russia to attend the Geneva meeting on Syria in June, and that some of Russia's concerns and suggestions were heard.
Margelov stressed that Russia doesn't want the Libyan scenario to be repeated in Syria, nor do its western partners, and that there must be dialogue to reach an agreement as differences do not necessarily mean hostility.