Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov asserted on Thursday that there are parties trying to obstruct the settlement process for the crisis in Syria.
“There are a number of factors through which some sides try to exploit as to obstruct the settlement political process for the crisis in Syria,” Lavrov said during a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, in the presence of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.
He added that the efforts exerted by Russia, whether in Geneva talks or at Astana meetings, during which they reached the de-escalation zones’ agreement and the invitation to hold Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, were directed to implement UN Security Council resolution no. 2254 which calls for creating suitable conditions to hold Syrian-Syrian dialogue under the supervision of the UN.
For his part, De Mistura said that following the defeat of Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization in Syria, time has come for the political process to resolve the crisis in Syria, hailing the meetings that were held lately in Sochi and their role in pushing the political process forwards.
Shoygu, on his part, affirmed that the situation in Syria has changed and “we notice that hundreds of families are returning to their homes daily, adding that during only a week, more than 4,500 displaced persons went back home in Deir Ezzor, al-Bukamal and Palmyra.