Moscow, Damascus in contact on issues including safe zones

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (MNA) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov spoke about current status of Syrian crisis and Russia's attitude to it on the sidelines of one of the Valdai Discussion Club conferences.

"We are in contact with Damascus on a daily basis. The consultations are confidential in nature, so all of these issues are of course being discussed," Bogdanov told reporters when asked whether Russia and Syria discuss safe zones.

Moreover, Moscow hopes that the various Syrian opposition platforms form a single delegation at peace talks in Geneva, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Monday.

"We hope [for the formation of a unified opposition delegation] because ultimately they all traveled there to fulfill UN Security Council Resolution 2254, so the overall goal is clear," Bogdanov told reporters.

The Riyadh- and Moscow-based groups could meet later in the day in Geneva, he added.

Concerning Kurdish participation at intra-Syrian negotiations, Russia favors it, Mikhail Bogdanov added.

"We would like it so that other representatives participated… There is still much concern about the representation of the Kurds. We are for the involvement of representatives of the Kurds," Bogdanov told reporters.

Only the Syrian people can determine their future, including the fate of President Bashar Assad, without outside interference, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Monday.

"We believe that only the Syrian people, without outside interference, can determine their own future. This also applies to the fate of President Bashar Assad," Bogdanov said at a conference on the Middle East held by the Valdai Discussion Club.

He spoke on the sidelines of "The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?" conference held by the Valdai Discussion Club.


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