Moscow and Washington interpret the Geneva agreements on the settlement of the situation in Syria differently, the chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, has said.
"A war of interpretations broke out after the agreement on political transformation in Syria was signed in Geneva," he told Interfax on Tuesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is convinced the this agreement makes it clear to the current Syrian leadership that it must go, he said. "Clinton also said that the Syrian authorities were shocked that Russia and China had signed this document," the Russian lawmaker said.
"Moscow, by contrast, said the agreement does not say a word about Assad's resignation and that he is not mentioned at all in it," he said.
"We are again witnessing a collision. On the one hand we can see the United States and the so-called Friends of Syria who want Assad to resign, and on the other Russia and China seeking an immediate end to the violence and the earliest possible beginning of talks between the Syrian government and opposition," Pushkov said.
The only common ground between the sides is that the situation in Syria must be settled politically, he said.
"But this, too, is being interpreted differently. We advocate talks between the government and opposioiiton, and the U.S. and others - talks with Assad's simultaneous resignation. In fact, they are advancing a precondition for the talks," he said.
Furthermore, the United States and its supporters actually dictate what the Syrian opposition's position should be like, Pushkov said. "The rebels have announced already that they will not start talks before Assad's resignation, which indicates that they obey the logic dictated from abroad," the lawmaker said.
The same struggle broke out over various interpretations of the UN Security Council's resolution 1973 on Libya, he said.
An international conference on ways to settle the situation in Syria was held in Geneva on June 29.
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