Russia hopes to learn about Friends of Syria group's decisions in Geneva

The Russian delegation for talks in Geneva on Tuesday hopes to get first-hand information from U.S. representatives about the decision made by the Friends of Syria group which wants military aid increased for the Syrian opposition.

The Russian delegation for talks in Geneva on Tuesday hopes to get first-hand information from U.S. representatives about the decision made by the Friends of Syria group which wants military aid increased for the Syrian opposition.

"We hope our American partners will give us details of the meeting and first-hand information, as we had not been invited," Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters.

This decision would not facilitate political settlement in Syria, he said.

Russian, U.S. and UN representatives will meet in Geneva on Tuesday. Also, a separate meeting will be held between Russian and U.S. representatives.

Bogdanov said in remarks about the Friends of Syria group's meeting in Doha, that "details and the general picture are important here."

"Arms supplies to criminal armed groups do not facilitate political settlement. The encouragement of the opposition creates the illusion that the conflict may be settled militarily in its favor," he said.

"We have been saying all along that this conflict has no military solution. Political settlement at a negotiating table by representatives of the government and opposition groups has no alternative, as documented in the Geneva communique and in the agreements reached by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry," he said.

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