Lavrov: Russia supports the continued work on Syria in the Vienna format


MOSCOW, November 4. The format of the Vienna talks on Syria almost perfect, Russia supports the continuation of this work. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, opening negotiations with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

“We welcome the opportunity hot on the heels of a meeting in Vienna to exchange views on how to further the process, for which we have agreed, – said Lavrov. – The Vienna meeting brought together almost the ideal format, a timely manner, we are interested in its strengthening”.

“The task of external players is to help Syrians to sit at the negotiating table on the basis of concerns about his state and the nation,” he added.

“Need for external players who influence to a great extent on various opposition groups, to use their influence, use it to these troops gathered at these political negotiations with an open platform, so they are not trying to “hog the covers”, formed a unified delegation,” Lavrov said, answering the question.

“We appreciate the opportunity to exchange views on concrete steps to consolidate efforts,” said the Minister.

Lavrov added that Russia actively supports the efforts of the special representative of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

“Russia actively supports the efforts of Mr. de Mistura, who immediately after the Vienna meeting (30 October – approx.interviewer TASS), has embarked on missions to progress in solving issues, preparing the ground for the early launching inter-Syrian dialogue,” – said Lavrov.

The head of the Russian depodesta expressed hope that Syria will be able to declare a cease-fire “at some stage”.

Operation HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria

Russian aircraft since September 30, strikes on the objects of terrorist groups in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As reported previously Kartapolov, since the beginning of operation of the Russian pilots made 1631 sortie and attacked 2084 objects of terrorists. To participate in a ground operation in Syria Russia has no plans.

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