Ryabkov: Russia sees no prospect of holding Lausanne-format on Syria

Moscow, SANA – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow does not yet see the prospects of holding Lausanne-format meetings on Syria as long as existing agreements are not fulfilled.

Ryabkov told reporters in Moscow Monday that “Frankly, right now I do not see any preconditions for the ministerial meeting. Of course, the ministers are deciding, the situation may change quickly enough. Of course, everything depends on the evolution of the situation on the ground. But, as of today, at issue is the fulfillment of existing arrangements”.

He added that no need for more political impulses for experts because the issue lies in the necessity of implementing the agreements in full as Damascus is implementing them, adding “let’s wait to see what will happen later from the other side in the upcoming stage prior to the U.S. elections.”

On the other hand, Ryabkov said that “The humanitarian pause ended on Saturday. It is clear that in order to return to it, our opponents need to ensure the adequate behavior of the armed terrorist groups that, in particular, disrupted the medical evacuation intended during the preceding humanitarian pause.”

The renewal of a humanitarian pause in Syria is off the table after none of the requirements have been met on the ground, Sergey Ryabkov said.

“Nothing of what has been required in the past three days took place, so now the issue of renewing the humanitarian pause is irrelevant,” Ryabkov added.

He pointed out that both Moscow and Damascus are implementing the agreements in full.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

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