Update-Russia seeks to curtail terrorist danger threatening Russian security and Syria

Moscow, SANA – Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that what  Russia seeks in Syria is curtailing the terrorist danger that is threatening Russia’s  national security and the Syrian state and launching a political settlement through  dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition with the support of the foreign
sides that influence the situation in a way or another.

Sputnik News quoted Zakharova in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda daily on Tuesday as saying that the arms supplied by the United States to the so-called “moderate opposition” might fall into the hands of notorious terrorists.

“There is a billion light-years between the concept that is written in the law enforcement agencies of the United States and what it turns out ‘on the ground’ in the Middle East. When the supply of arms to these ‘good guys’ begins, no one can guarantee that tomorrow it will not be resold to thugs-cannibals.” she said.

There is even confidence in the probability of such a scenario, since a similar scheme has already been implemented in a number of states, Zakharova added.

“With the Western money, a militant group is created, supplied with weapons, then it carries out the things its sponsors conceived. However, the next day, when the regime in the country is changed, it has absolutely no intention to return this weapon back to anyone,” she added.

“If the next operation on the violent change of power in the Middle Eastern country is carried out, it will be disastrous not only for Syria, but will also become the most dangerous element in the destructive chain of events occurring in the region. The region may simply not endure one more black hole,” Zakharova continued to say.

According to Zakharova, the region might not just turn into a set of “lurid” states, but “explode” simultaneously as a whole.

“And what happens next? That’s exactly what the Islamic State needs. Another area of chaos suits it over the odds. Therefore, we say that the most important task is to save the Syrian power structure,” Zakharova stressed.

Lavrov: Russia and Kuwait in agreement on need to resolve crisis in Syria via political dialogue

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia and Kuwait are in agreement on the need to resolve the crisis in Syria via political dialogue, and that the two countries’ viewpoints are identical on the need to stop fighting and bloodletting as soon as possible and launch a political process immediately with the participation of representatives from the government and the opposition.

This came at a joint press conference with Kuwaiti counterpart Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, in which the Ministers commented on the Russian-Kuwaiti summit held in Sochi on Tuesday by saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lavrov, Steinmeier discuss Syria 

Later,  Lavrov discussed, in a telephone call, with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier the situation in Syria.

Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two sides discussed a number of urgent international issues including the Syrian file in addition to issues related to implementing Minsk agreement for settling the Ukrainian crisis.

Bogdanov, Abdullahian discuss situation in Syria

In this regard, Special representative of the Russian President, Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Bogdanov discussed  with Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian the situation in Syria and the region.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the two sides stressed the need to confront the terrorist organizations, on top, Jabhat al-Nusra and the ISIS, and speeding up the political negotiations between the Syrian government and the groups of the Syrian opposition on the basis of the Geneva communique and Vienna statement.

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