No alternative to political settlement in Syria - Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow sees no alternative to a political solution to the Syrian conflict in accordance with the Action Group for Syria communique, which was approved at a ministerial meeting in Geneva in June, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

"Since the Russian and foreign media are awash with remarks made by the Russian president's envoy for the Middle East and deputy foreign minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, regarding the situation in Syria, I would like to note that he has not made any statements or given special interviews to journalists in the past few days," Lukashevich said in a commentary, posted on the ministry's Web site on Friday.

The Russian Public Chamber's debate on Dec. 13 addressed problems facing the Middle East and North Africa, including the Syrian crisis. The participants in the meeting quoted well-known statements made by representatives of the irreconcilable Syrian opposition and its foreign sponsors, who predict their"rapid victory over the regime in Damascus," he said.

"In this context, Bogdanov once again reaffirmed Russia's uncompromising view on the absence of any alternative to a political settlement in Syria on the basis of the principles of the Action Group's final communique, which was approved by consensus at the ministerial meeting in Geneva on June 30 this year," Lukashevich said.

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