“We are concluding deliveries under the previous defense accords,” Mr. Lavrov stated Tuesday.
He underscored that Western countries have been supplying Syria with weapons, adding some 50 Stinger missiles had fallen into the Syrians' hands.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has stated that Moscow would never back the calls for Syria's Assad to quit and urged for the return of UN observers to the conflict-ridden country.
Speaking at the Amman summit today, Mr. Lavrov stressed Russia would welcome a bigger observer mission to Syria.
He also told his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, that Moscow was against forcing Syria’s embattled leader Bashar al-Assad to step down.
The Russian foreign chief reminded that many politicians are saying they would adhere to the commitments laid down in the Geneva communiqué if Bashar al-Assad resigned. “We will never support this stance,” he pledged.
Russia stands for a return of UN observers to Syria, and in greater numbers.
This came in a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following his talks with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, in Amman earlier today.
The bloodshed in Syria should be ended to save people’s lives, Lavrov said. He added that Russia would never share the idea of that Bashar al-Assad should step down, or reconsider the Geneva agreements of June 30th .
The agreements provide for a simultaneous ceasefire by all the warring factions, the creation of transition government agencies involving both the government and the opposition, and the launching of a pan-Syrian dialogue.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hopes that all external opposition forces that are pushing for a united Syrian front would be pursuing the task of stopping bloodshed in the war-torn country, instead of advancing their own geopolitical objectives.
Speaking at a meeting with Riyad Hijab, Syria’s former Prime Minister and the face of its external opposition, Mr. Lavrov said he was eager to learn Hijab’s take on the current situation in Syria, adding he wanted to see the end to bloodshed as soon as possible.
Sergei Lavrov stressed there was no other way to settle the conflict than to bring all opposition delegates to negotiating table and urged the former head of the Syrian government to give his breakdown on the status quo and perspectives for Syria.
Riyad Hijab underscored he had long been waiting for a meeting in this format to share his point of view on the Syrian crisis.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is going to meet with Syria's former Prime Minister and external opposition leader Riad Hijab to discuss the conflict settlement, Lavrov’s deputy Mikhail Bogdanov has said.
The meeting will be held in Amman on Tuesday.
Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS