Putin hopes Geneva II to be called as quickly as possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped that the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict settlement would be held as quickly as possible.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped that the Geneva II conference on the Syrian conflict settlement would be held as quickly as possible.

"Russia has taken the obligation to convince the Syrian authorities [on the necessity to hold the conference] and we have completed our share of work, now it is the turn of our partners, who should convince the opposition of the same," Putin said following talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan.

No one is "sitting on their hands" in Moscow, Putin said.

"We have proposed to leaders of the Syrian opposition to gather in Moscow and to hold additional consultations," the president said.

Putin said that the issue was discussed today with Erdogan and had been discussed on the telephone with the Saudi King, the Iranian president and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"We are generally advancing in this direction and I would like very much that this conference is held and is held as quickly as possible," Putin said.

Killings of civilians in Syria are a crime, Erdogan said.

Civilians are being killed there and the Syrian regime and extremists groups are responsible for this, the Turkish prime minister said. Extremists likely have medium-range weapons at most and the regime forces destroy almost all facilities from all weapons types, he said.

International tribunals in The Hague can convict for such actions, and the UN Security Council should have gotten involved, Erdogan said.

Turkey supports the Geneva II and though the first conference had no results, it is hoped that this time it will, Erdogan said.

Delays in this issue are unacceptable and the Syrian people are the ones, who should decide on their destiny, the Turkish prime minister said.

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