The Russian foreign Ministry: Russia insists on early revitalization of a political settlement in Syria


MOSCOW, October 8. Russia insists on early revitalization of a political settlement in Syria. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Moscow invites to work together to combat the threat of terrorism in Syria anyone that is not affiliated with the militants, said Zakharova. “Russian HQs in Syria strike only against international terrorist organizations and those who contribute, she said. – Those who is not a terrorist, does not interact and does not coordinate its steps with terrorists, nothing to fear”.

“On the contrary, Russia under different ministries invites them all to work together, – the diplomat noted. – The purpose of this work is clear – we have never concealed the opposition of the terrorists and the acceleration of the political process, as envisaged by the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012”.

On the joint fight against terrorism

General awareness of the threat posed by the terrorist group “Islamic state”, creates the preconditions for collective action against the militants, said the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry. “Everyone already knew the extent and level of the threats of ISIS, it is the result of the analysis of our partners… – said the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry. – All this creates the preconditions for the understanding of the degree of threat, to come to a collective, truly effective action”.

Zakharova stressed that Russia is open for cooperation in the fight against terror. “If you talk about the conditions under which this should happen, then this fight should definitely be based on the principles of international law”.

Russia calls for real unity of effort in the fight against international terrorism, the diplomat added. “We are not engaged and are not engaged in sorting out who is right and who is wrong. We believe that this should be done unconditionally. But now the main task is Association of efforts in struggle against international terrorism, which has grown in Syria and in the region,” she said.

About priorities

Air and space forces of Russia in Syria are used solely to deal with international terrorists, underline in the Russian foreign Ministry.

“If we talk about the priorities that Russia sets for itself, it is about the strengthening of the Syrian state institutions and the organization of joint fight against terrorism, she said. – I emphasize that we clearly informed everyone, including regional partners, the Russian Federation HQs in Syria, are used solely to deal with international terrorists, we’re talking about the “Islamic state” and other terrorist groups”.

“One of the common myths that try to stimulate that “Russia has not positions, and where there are none,” said Zakharova. – Russia reportedly strikes on the civilian population. Everything goes with reference to unnamed sources”. “Through the Ministry of defence is given full information on the progress of the military operation, about the purpose. which are, – said the representative of the Russian foreign Ministry. No matter how one calls the terrorists”.

The objectivity of the media

The Ministry noted the trend towards greater objectivity in media coverage of Russia’s actions in Syria, also said Maria Zakharova.

“We see a trend towards greater objectivity in the media there (in Syria – ed.correspondent.) happening,” the diplomat said. However, she noted that “so far in the media continue to attempt, and we are talking about some perverted attempt to distort the goals, actions and aims of Russia in Syria”. “Their main point is to question Russia’s commitment to the priority of destruction of the centre of international terrorism and extremism,” – said Zakharov. “All the measures that Russia is taking on the Syrian track, aimed at facilitating a political settlement in the country,” – said the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry.

Ground operations of the armed forces in Syria is thought not and is not planned, said Maria Zakharova.

“Another myth, which despite our best efforts, continues to exist – ostensibly a study of military operation of Russia in Syria, she said. – I’d like to refer to such media as CNN and the New York Times: if you operate such a claim and continue to refer to some unnamed sources, be so kind as the answer will post our comment, too, that such operations are not thought out or planned”.

“In my opinion, in the materials, which quoted unnamed sources at the Pentagon, must be quoted named sources in Moscow”, – the diplomat said.

The operation of the Russian space forces

Russia started the operation against militants grouping “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia) in Syria on 30 September, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The aviation group consisted of over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including multipurpose fighter-bombers su-34, modernized bombers su-24M and su-25.

In addition, the positions of the militants was hit with cruise missiles from the sea.

“ISLAMIC STATE”

“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria.

Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).