Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem blames the United States for the growth and support of terrorism in Syria. "I would like to emphasize that it is the United States that contributes to the flow of terrorism in Syria via Turkey", - the Syrian Minister said Friday at a press conference following his talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
"The United States knows about it. I can't understand how the US condemns terrorism in Iraq, supports the Iraqi government in its fight against an Islamic state in Iraq, and we highly value this support, how the U.S. can support the same terrorists who kill people in Syria. It's a real plot, which is targeted against Syria," Mualem said.
Terrorists supported from abroad bomb civilian assets in Syria - Minister of Foreign Affairs
Allegations that the Syrian military bombs civilian assets are contrary to fact and is the work of terrorists supported from abroad, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says.
"I would like to note that those, who accuse the Syrian government of carrying out bombings of its own facilities and schools, are known. There arises a conclusion that they are either "specialists" or they do not understand what is going on," he said, following the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
"The Syrian government in accordance with its responsibilities and according to the Constitution protects its people and its government institutions in the territory of Syria. Those who destroy (assets) in Syria are terrorists, and terrorist groups. Unfortunately, their number is increasing as a result of support on the part of well-known states from abroad," Muallem said.
Russia, Syria agree to honor chemical arms disposal timeframe - Lavrov
Russia and Syria have reaffirmed their adherence to the coordinated timeframe of Syrian chemical weapons' exportation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We have agreed today - and we confirm this once again - to observe the approved approximate deadlines of the accomplishment of this task, naturally, with appropriate security measures and resolution of all logistical problems," Lavrov told a press conference after Moscow negotiations with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem.
Attempts to disrupt Geneva-2 under humanitarian pretexts unacceptable - Lavrov
Syrian humanitarian crisis as an excuse for an intervention in that country and a disruption of the Geneva-2 international conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"The humanitarian situation should be improved with practical steps. Persons guilty of war crimes must be brought to justice eventually. But let us be frank - it is not acceptable to use this subject an excuse for complicating or even so disrupting the convocation of Geneva-2," he told a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
"Attempts are being made, in particular, with the use of UN mechanisms, to exacerbate tensions surrounding the Syrian humanitarian situation and create another pretext for the promotion of the idea of so-called "humanitarian corridors" and no-fly zones and, in the end, to justify a humanitarian intervention," the minister said.
"It is simply deplorable to search for new pretexts and create artificial pretexts for a foreign intervention and to use such a thing as the humanitarian crisis in doing so," he concluded.
UN should analyze contributions for humanitarian aid to Syria declared at Kuwait conference – Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov believes the declared contributions for humanitarian assistance to Syria should be analyzed by the UN.
"In the interests of building confidence, it is important that the UN should analyze the declared contributions and release materials stating specific recipients of the declared assistance and its specific forms," Lavrov told a press conference after meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid Mualem on Friday.
Russia concerns that Syrian National Coalition is delaying formation of delegation for meeting in Montreux - Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed concerns about the position taken by the Syrian opposition on the issue of its participation in Geneva-2.
"We are, of course, concerned about the fact that, while the Syrian government has already given its consent to participate in the conference and has formed its delegation, the opposition, primarily the so-called National Coalition, has still not taken any steps in this direction and they are being delayed," Lavrov told a press conference following a meeting with his Syrian counterpart in Moscow.
Lavrov recalled that Geneva-2 is scheduled to open with a meeting at the ministerial level in Montreux on January 22.
Syrian FM asks for Moscow's assistance in Aleppo ceasefire plan implementation
Damascus has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for its assistance in the approval of the Aleppo ceasefire plan.
"I have requested that Minister Lavrov have the contacts necessary for the implementation of this plan and the setting of a precise timeframe for the cessation of all military operations in that region," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mualem told a press conference in Moscow on Friday after his negotiations with Russian colleague Sergei Lavrov.
He also said he had informed Lavrov about the readiness of the Syrian authorities to exchange POW lists with the opposition and "to design a mechanism required for the achievement of these goals."
Damascus prepared to pool efforts with opposition to fight terrorists – FM
The Syrian government is prepared to pool efforts with the opposition to fight terrorists, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in a statement in Moscow earlier today.
The Syrian Foreign Minister confirmed that Damascus is prepared for cooperation with the other party to attain the objective (counter terrorism) on the basis of the G-8 summit declaration and relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
Russia hopes Syria has enough political will to curb attempts to disrupt Geneva-2
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the Syrian administration not to give in to provocations caused by attempts to disrupt the international conference on Syria Geneva-2.
"The organization of Geneva-2 is now accompanied by various maneuvers, various attempts are being made to create artificial obstacles and disrupt the conference," he said before beginning negotiations with his Syrian counterpart Walid Mualem.
"At this pivotal stage, it's important to exchange opinions and do everything to prevent these attempts from succeeding. It takes political will, reserve, and ability not to give in to provocations. We are hoping that the position of the Syrian administration will be based on these principles," Lavrov said.
The Syrian foreign minister, for his part, promised that the Syrian government will not give in to various provocations. "We will not give in to provocations. I can say that those who can provoke a Syrian minister will get a million dollars," Mualem said.
Mualem also confirmed the Syrian authorities' intention to send its delegation to Geneva-2. He also said the fight against terrorism is currently a priority of the Syrian administration and he is ready to work with the Syrian opposition on that.
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