MOSCOW, (SANA)- The Russian President's Special Envoy to the Middle East and North Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, reiterated that the only solution to the crisis in Syria is through dialogue that includes all the parties without exception.
In an interview with Russia Today channel, Bogdanov stressed that Russia seeks to help the Syrians build their future on the basis of national reconciliation and civil peace.
He said that the statement of the action group meeting on Syria, held in Geneva, is still the irreplaceable basis for the work to find a solution to the crisis, noting that Moscow used all its power to have the statement items implemented.
There are certain things that should be specified and examined by the Syrians themselves when "representatives of all the parties sit at the negotiating table," added Bogdanov.
"However, some of our partners who took part in Geneva meeting did not go all the way long as they did not implement the missions which the agreement committed them to," the Russian diplomat said.
He slammed Russia's partners for having supported and encouraged some opposition sides to reject dialogue and go ahead with violence to topple the regime, saying "this is very regrettable".
Bogdanov expressed pain over what is happening in Syria particularly regarding the destruction of infrastructure and vandalism of historical and archeological monuments, which he said belong to the entire humanity and not only the Syrian people.
"Out of our feeling of solidarity with the Syrian people we are contacting all its components…and we think that there is no way out other than through wide national dialogue without excluding any of the parties," Bogdanov stressed.
"Of course we are not here talking about the terrorists and extremists who don't understand the language of politics and tend to solve problems through violence and killing," Bogdanov added.
In reply to a question on the Russian arms sales to Arab states, Bogdanov said that ''The arms sales are not linked to internal problems in these countries,'' adding that ''Russia's economic and military cooperation with Syria and Iraq respectively is traditional and is not intended to incite internal conflicts, but to enhance the defense capabilities of these two countries for repelling outside aggressions, which are commonplace in the history of the Middle East.''
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