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Russia rejects US charge of failing in Geneva talks

Iran Press TV

Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:58PM GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has dismissed US claims that Moscow failed to push for a political solution in the second round of Geneva talks on Syria.

"We have done everything we have promised," Lavrov told reporters on Monday, adding that Moscow is "working with the Syrian authorities on a daily basis," for a peaceful solution for the Syria crisis.

He noted that statistics show that the main problems behind the Syria conflict are created by "the terrorist and extremist groups that have spread across Syria and that do not answer to any political structure."

Earlier on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia for not doing enough to make sure the Syrian government remained committed to the Geneva II peace talks.

Kerry also accused Damascus of stonewalling the talks due to Russia's support.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem blamed the US for the failure of the negotiations and said Washington tried to 'create a very negative climate for dialogue in Geneva.'

On February 15, negotiations between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition ended without finding a way to resolve the conflict, which has dragged on for nearly three years.

The Syrian delegation said fighting terrorism should be the top priority while the so-called opposition insisted that the formation of a transitional government and resignation of President Bashar al-Assad must come first.

Damascus strongly rejects the demand, saying only the Syrian people can decide the issue.

The latest talks came 10 days after the first round of negotiations ended without any positive results.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011.

MR/AB/SL



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