Today in Vienna Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held a meeting on the situation in Syria. The U.S., Russia and a group of European and Middle East states are going to hold an international meeting on Syria as early as next Friday to discuss the ways for ending the civil war in the country, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to WSJ.
On October 21Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived in Moscow to discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin the military operations of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria. It was his first foreign visit since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011. The White House condemned Bashar Assad’s visit to Moscow and criticised Russia for putting on a “red carpet welcome”.
Russian military operations are aimed to strengthen Bashar Assad’s regime. But the U.S. and its European and Arab allies insist that a peaceful solution is impossible while Assad remains in power.
So far all diplomatic efforts to end the conflict have foundered over the demand by the United States, European countries, Arab states and Turkey that Assad leave power as a pre-condition for peace, which he refuses to consider. The meeting of the leaders is aimed to find the way out and stop the ongoing war.
It should be recalled that Russia has been carrying out air strikes in Syria since September 30 after receiving the official request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad. Vladimir Putin insists that Russian air force have been targeting the ISIS positions but different sources report that Russians aim at the moderate opposition to Assad’s regime.