Russian diplomat confirms Moscow's adherence to Annan Plan

Russia thinks that the international community should implement the Kofi Annan Plan and the Geneva Communique concerning Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly at a meeting at the Federation Council.

"The world should also assist in the mission of UN Special Envoy Mr. Brahimi," he said.

Grushko expressed his concern over the penetration of militants and arms smuggling into Syria. "We are extremely worried about the infiltration of militants and armaments into Syria," the Russian diplomat said.

The disconnection of opposition forces is a problem of the Syrian settlement, he said. "We can see that the opposition is unable to unite and become a political force, with which a dialogue can be held," Grushko stressed.

The Syrians themselves should settle the Syrian problem, without any external interference. "Russia will do its best to start the political dialogue and stop the bloodshed in the country, but our partners should also make an effort to encourage the Syrian opposition to start the dialogue with the Syrian authorities," Grushko stressed.

Speaking of Russia-NATO interaction in Afghanistan, he noted that Russia would continue to interact with NATO member countries in transit and to render full assistance.

"We will also carry on joint projects; this cooperation is important for defining our common strategy after 2014. It is essential to solve all problems and to develop cooperation between Russia and NATO after 2014 on the basis of international legal norms," Grushko stressed. He added that Russia was interested in preservation of that legal framework and the conformity of future actions with relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

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