Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had a telephone conversation to discuss the situation in and around Syria at the initiative of the Russian side, the Russian Foreign Ministry website reported on Monday.
"The minister stressed that the official statements made in the past few days by Washington about the readiness of the U.S. armed forces to intervene in the Syrian conflict are regarded in Moscow with deep concern. One gets the impression that certain circles, including those that are increasingly active in their calls for a military intervention in circumvention of the United Nations, are frankly trying to wipe out the Russian-American joint efforts of the past few months to convene an international conference on the peaceful settlement of the crisis," the ministry statement says.
It says Moscow is especially perplexed by the references of individual members of the U.S. administration to the alleged proof of the involvement of the Syrian government in last week's incident in East Ghouta with supposed use of war chemicals.
"In this context the Russian side called for refraining from the line of military pressure on Damascus, not giving in to provocations but trying to promote the formation of normal conditions for the UN chemical experts currently staying in that country to get an opportunity to conduct thorough, objective and unbiased studies on location. This is becoming especially topical in the light of growing evidence that the incident in East Ghouta was the result of a feign of the irreconcilable opposition meant to blame official Damascus for everything," the Foreign Ministry report says.
Kerry promised to closely study the arguments of the Russian side.
"Lavrov also drew the attention of his interlocutor to the extremely dangerous implications of the possible new armed intervention for the entire Middle East and North Africa where the influence of destabilizing processes experienced by such countries as Iraq and Libya is still felt," the statemetn says.
The foreign policy chiefs agreed to continue contacts on all aspects of the Syrian crisis in the nearest future.
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