Russia does not participate in the appointment or sacking of other countries' presidents and this approach extends to Syria as well, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.
She was commenting on European media reports that Russia has ostensibly changed its approach towards the Syrian peace process.
"I would like to stress once again: we don't do social engineering, we don't appoint or sack foreign presidents, neither ourselves nor in conspiracy with anyone. This concerns both Syria and other countries in the regions whose people, I am convinced, are capable of deciding their own future," Zakharova said in a commentary posted on the Foreign Ministry's website on Sept.7.
Western politicians are not in a hurry to rectify their short-sighted calculations, which led to a number of significant problems in the Middle East, she said.
"Some are trying to artificially draw Russia in by spreading fantasies and falsifications, possibly, to partly blame us later for the tragedy of the Middle Eastern region and the threat to European and international stability," she said.
A number of European media outlets, in particular French ones, said earlier that Russia had agreed with the United States and Saudi Arabia on a scenario to oust Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
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