Moscow rejects Washington's accusation of inaction in Syrian settlement

The Russian Foreign Ministry has rejected U.S. accusations that Russia is doing nothing to settle the Syrian crisis.

A ministry commentary circulated on Wednesday says the Russian side recently suggested adopting a statement of the Action Group urging all sides to the conflict in Syria to stop hostilities as soon as possible and to get down to dialogue.

"However, our Western partners demonstrate complete reluctance to even discuss the possibility of adopting such a statement. Instead, they are trying to distort the essence of the Geneva understandings but they say that they have allegedly grown outdated. Moreover, all this is happening in the context of accusing Russia of foiling the efforts of the UN Security Council to settle the Syrian crisis. Such a stance cannot be described otherwise than self-righteous," the statement says.

That was the commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry on the State Department claim that the Russian government knows what has to be done for the settlement of the Syrian crisis.

"Yes, we do know what should be done because in the final communique of the Action Group for Syria adopted in Geneva all group members assumed the obligation to work both with the Syrian government and the opposition with the purpose of speedily launching the process of national reconciliation," the Foreign Ministry says.

"Our Western partners have still done nothing to pressure the opposition and encourage it to start a dialogue with the government. Instead, they are openly inciting it to continue its armed struggle. It is clear that such methods cannot achieve a political solution to the crisis," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Russia is conscientiously traversing its own part of the way, permanently working both with the Syrian government and with the opposition in seeking the earliest possible end to violence," it said.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a meeting in Moscow with a Syrian government delegation.

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