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Russia’s Minister of Defence and UN Special Envoy discuss political settlement in Syria

The Russia’s Minister of Defence General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held negotiations with the UN Special Envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura.

According to the Russia’s head of defence department, he would like to exchange views and try to develop extra measures to pave way for dialogue between opposition and the government in Damascus. But the most important thing is to start political process, political dialogue which is badly needed, taking into account that 98% of the Syrian territory has been liberated from terrorists. Now it is time for next steps to settle the Syrian crisis.

Sergei Shoigu also stressed that Moscow had supported the UN efforts.

He also reminded that since the Staffan de Mistura’s first visit to Moscow, a lot of significant events had happened. For instance, the Russian President held a number of talks including those with Bashar al-Assad. Besides, some telephone conversations took place with the U.S. President and other leaders of countries including the Saudi Arabia’s leadership.

On November 22, Vladimir Putin stated that Syria was facing a new stage allowing to turn on a political settlement of the conflict.

Sergei Shoigu and Staffan de Mistura discussed steps and motivation for development of the reconciliation process between official Damascus and the opposition.

According to the Defence Minister, all this includes delivery of humanitarian assistance, recovery of infrastructure, and critical objects.

General of the Army Sergei Shoigu and Staffan de Mistura agreed that the Russian Federation had made a great work to lay foundations for peaceful political process in the Syrian Arab Republic.

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