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08.09.2015

Has Russia changed its stance on Syria? MFA spokesperson responds

Question: Some European media, primarily francophone, distributed news about an alleged change in Russia's approach to the Syrian settlement. Reportedly, Russia has struck a deal with the United States and Saudi Arabia on ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. What’s your take on these allegations?

Maria Zakharova: Regrettably, certain political circles in the West have recently demonstrated a complete loss of the ability to learn from their mistakes, even in a situation where their tragic consequences are becoming clear to the Europeans themselves. Heavy-handed intervention in Middle Eastern affairs has led to an area of instability, forming right in Europe’s backyard. The terrorist and extremist threat has increased many times over. Thousands upon thousands of refugees from troubled states subjected to experiments in the spirit of social engineering, primarily, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan, are flooding into Europe.

However, certain Western politicians are in no hurry to alter their clearly short-sighted policies, which, in fact, acted as a catalyst for all of these problems. On the contrary, they are trying hard to see to the end their proven flawed approaches, which may eventually lead to new and even more formidable challenges and problems internationally. In this situation, someone is attempting to artificially make Russia part of it by distributing allegations and fake news, perhaps to be able to lay on us later responsibility for the tragedy in the Middle East and the threats to European and international stability.

I reiterate: we do not engage in social engineering. We do not appoint or dismiss foreign presidents ourselves, or in collusion with anyone else. This applies to Syria and other countries in the region, whose people, I’m convinced, must determine their destiny themselves.

Russia has consistently and invariably advocated the unconditional fulfillment of the Geneva Communiqué on Syria of June 30, 2012, and has strictly adhered to the norms and principles of international law, including respect for the sovereignty of states. I would like to see all of our partners in the international arena act the same way.




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