Putin rejects military solution to Syrian crisis

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has rejected military options as a solution to end the six-year conflict in Syria and expressed optimism over cessation of hostilities in the Arab country.

  • Date: 2017/01/26
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Putin rejects military solution to Syrian crisis

Russia's leader Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II(L)

VON PRESS Europe: During the meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, Putin praised Jordan's role in supporting the ongoing efforts to achieve peace in Syria.

"Through our common efforts the process is developing on the basis of a very significant decision that was reached - the cessation of hostilities," the Russian leader said.

He referred to the achievements of the recent Syrian peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana as a "good basis", saying all parties to the negotiations agreed that there was "no military solution to the Syrian crisis."

Jordan's King, for his part, praised Russia's role in the peace talks, saying, "Without Russia, we will not be able to find solutions to not only the Syrian problem but other regional problems in the Middle East."

Jordan's support for the Astana talks comes despite the closeness of the country's regional policies to its traditional ally Saudi Arabia. The absence of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which had taken part in previous meetings on Syria in the Swiss city of Geneva, was among the salient features of Astana talks.

The government of Syria had voiced its vehement disagreement to participation of Riyadh and Doha in Astana talks ahead of the international gathering, citing their support for armed militants, who have wreaked havoc in the Arab country.


Astana summit

Representatives from Iran, Turkey, Russia, along with the UN Special Envoy on Syria and Kazakh Foreign Minister are seen among participants in Astana summit

On Tuesday, Syrian peace talks wrapped up in Astana, with Iran, Russia and Turkey agreeing on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to support the ceasefire in the country and monitor possible violations.

Marginalization of the United States was another feature of the Astana talks. Iran had objected to the presence of Washington in Syria peace negotiations, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noting that no joint invitation had been extended to the United States for participation in Syria talks.

The final joint statement of the talks, which was read by Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov, underlined the importance of maintaining the national sovereignty of Syria.

Trio stressed that there was no military solution to the Syria conflict and that the crisis could be only resolved through a political process based on full implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254.

Elsewhere in the statement, they backed the participation of Syria's armed opposition in UN-sponsored negotiations on Syria, which are scheduled to be held in the Swiss city of Geneva on February 8.

The opposition has reportedly expressed dissatisfaction over the statement, but it reaffirmed commitment to protecting sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria as a democratic country.

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