Medvedev: Washington's claims of possible ground operations wrong U-turn

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that since the Munich agreements were reached on Syria, the situation has already changed for the better, and urged the parties not to scare off one another.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that since the Munich agreements were reached on Syria, the situation has already changed for the better, and urged the parties not to scare off one another.

"Today, [the situation] is already slightly better than a few days ago," he said at a meeting with Slovenian President Borut Pahor.

"This is just a beginning of the work," Medvedev said. "We need to pay attention to one another, listen to [each others'] arguments, implement the agreements," said Medvedev, urging the parties not to do anything that would "scare off one another."

"Despite the presence of these [Munich] agreements, some are already saying: if you fail to do something, we will launch a ground operation," the premier said.

"This is not a very correct U-turn at the talks," he said.

"I understand there are laws of the media genre, but our top priority is above all to resolve the situation, develop the intra-Syrian dialogue, the ceasefire," the Russian prime minister said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that violation by the Syrian regime of the ceasefire agreements could lead to introduction of additional ground troops to Syria.

Speaking in an interview with the Dubai-based Orient TV, Kerry said that if the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, fails to honor his obligations, and unless the Iranians and the Russians force him to do what they promised, global community will not just sit and watch.

A possibility exists that more ground troops will appear in Syria, Kerry said.

 

 

 

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