Moscow, SANA- Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin asserted that the close Russia-US interaction at various levels – political, diplomatic and military is the backbone of the efforts exerted to settle the crisis in Syria.
“The fact that the Americans, especially Pentagon representatives, are underestimating it may probably mean that they are still at a loss over Russia’s energetic actions in the Syrian track “, Churkin said in an interview with the Izvestia daily on Thursday.
Churkin noted that Moscow positively assesses the activities of United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura.
“He succeeded in establishing a certain exchange of opinions between the Syrian government delegation and the opposition during the first round of dialogue which yielded a document that can be used to try to find common ground and continue the dialogue process,” Churkin said.
He added “Currently, de Mistura’s activities have bigger international support than before, so, his efforts have more chances to be crowned by favorable results.”
Churkin expressed regret that Western members of the United Nations Security Council are unwilling to exert influence on Turkey which is categorically against the participation of the Kurds in the intra-Syrian dialogue.