Russia, China insist on settling Syria crisis based on Geneva agreements

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and presidential envoy for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov and Chinese Ambassador to Russia Li Hui discussed the situation in Syria in Moscow on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said.

"During the conversation in the spirit of Russian-Chinese strategic partnership, [Bogdanov and Li] discussed the situation in the region of the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis placed on the need for settling the situation in Syria as soon as possible on the consensus basis of the Action Group for Syria's Geneva communique," it said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said earlier that the U.S. proposal on setting up an opposition Syrian government in exile encourages the opposition to continue its efforts to topple the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Lukashevich also mentioned remarks by U.S. officials to the effect that they are not going to wait for Russia and China to change their positions on Syria. "That is, they make it understood without beating around the bush that Washington sees the settlement of the Syria crisis exclusively on its terms," he said.

Such statements are sure "to evoke perplexity and concerns," he said.

Lukashevich pointed out that this position also goes against the agreements that were reached at a meeting of the Action Group on Syria in Geneva on June 30.

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