Ryabkov: the White house’s reaction to the visit of Assad to Moscow cause regret


BUENOS AIRES, October 22. /Corr. Elena Kondratieva/. The talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were aimed at a political settlement of the crisis in Syria, the White house doubts on this score, is deplorable. Thus in conversation with the correspondent. Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov, on a visit to Argentina, commented on the words of the Deputy White house spokesman Eric Schultz.

“During the talks in the Kremlin considerable attention was paid to the political component of resolving the situation in Syria,” he said. As stressed Ryabkov, “a Frank conversation with Russian President legitimately elected leader of Syria is of the utmost importance to find a political solution”.

“It’s obvious to all thing, – said the Deputy head of the Russian foreign Ministry. And we can only regret that in Washington with suspicion and hostility relate to our efforts at the highest level to address the problems, largely resulting from short-sighted and erroneous US policy in the middle East”.

Previously, Schultz made a statement that accepting Assad in Russia “goes against the grain claimed by the Russians for the purpose of ensuring a political transition in Syria.”

The talks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Assad took place on 20 October. The Russian head of state assured the Syrian counterpart that Moscow’s position on Syria has not changed: long-term settlement can only be achieved through a political process with the participation of all political forces, ethnic and religious groups. He also confirmed Russia’s readiness to contribute to the fight against terrorism.

Assad thanked Putin for the help of Syria. In his opinion, terrorism, against which the struggle is now underway in the region, is a real obstacle to a political settlement in the country.

Assad’s visit to Russia was his first foreign trip since the exacerbation of the Syrian crisis in 2011.