MOSCOW, February 25. External assistance to settlement in Syria must not fall back into dictatorship. This was stated by Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev at the conference of the discussion club “Valdai”, “the middle East: from violence to safety.”
The Russian foreign Ministry: about postponement of the beginning of the ceasefire in Syria is out of the question
“The middle East as air need external assistance and mediation to overcome the contradictions, he said. – The mediation should not slide into the mode of imposition or dictate.”
“Unlike all players, Russia is the only country that does not implement its own interests from the point of view of who will be in power in Syria and what will be the political system. Our only interest is the prevention of terrorist threats, Kosachev pointed out. This makes us an honest broker. Our Supreme national interest – a stable situation in the world in General and, of course, in the middle East”.
Talk about “plan B” for Syria is a very dangerous trend that is similar to the situation with the “Minsk-2”, said the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs.
“The fact that there is now some talk of a “plan B”, I think it is very dangerous trend, he said. Is somewhat similar to the situation with the Minsk agreements, the responsibility for which rests entirely with Russia, although not fulfilling their Ukraine”.
Washington previously announced that it is preparing a “plan B” in case to achieve a truce in Syria as scheduled will fail. Officially the content of its alternative plan of Washington does not disclose. But U.S. media reports that the entire responsibility for the possible failure of “plan A” is the U.S. ready to impose on Russia. Moscow urges not to be distracted by the contingency plans and taking practical steps for the implementation of joint agreements.
Kosachev, in General, appreciated the importance of the Russian – American agreements on the settlement in Syria. “The current Russian-American initiative is a very important psychological moment. This is the third demonstration that Russia and the United States together can achieve more than when they interfere with each other (after the chemical disarmament of Syria and the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program),” said he.
Joint statement of the Russian Federation and the United States: a ceasefire in Syria will begin on February 27