MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. Russia and the United States continue to adhere to fundamentally different approaches to some international problems, including combating terrorism in Syria. This was stated in interview to the newspaper “Izvestia” Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“We see what happened and is happening in Syria. Here is it that we have different understandings of what is legitimate government, and how to build the fight against terrorism,” he said, noting that the April attack on Syrian air base Shirt has become one of the strikes at the Foundation of relations between Russia and the United States.
American ships attacked the air base Shirt cruise missiles “Tomahawk” on the night of 7 April. In Washington said that the attack was a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Syrian province of Idlib on 4 April, the responsibility for which the West imposes on Damascus. In Moscow called a strike on Sirat aggression.
Astana is the process open to USA
Talks on Syria in Astana remain open to the participation of the United States, unilateral attempts to use military force to advance its geopolitical interests for Russia is unacceptable, Ryabkov said.
“We believe that the Astana process, which allowed to dramatically reduce the violence in the country, which, incidentally, opened for the United States, an important, if not key element of the transition to a more peaceful and calm movement forward,” he said.
Ryabkov said that Syria now “the United States in some of its actions continue to show the desire to play along, including military force, one side of the conflict.”
“We have repeatedly expressed opposition to such approaches, he continued. – It is impossible to divide terrorists into bad and not so bad trying a similar division to solve their own geopolitical objectives”.
Ryabkov stressed that the main objective in Syria remains the removal of the hotbed of terrorism. In this context he reminded about the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the formation of a broad front against terrorism. As pointed out by the diplomat, if the United States constructively embraced it, it would be able to avoid many misunderstandings.
“We urge Americans to take this into account in its policy,” – said Ryabkov.