Russia stresses necessity of abidance by truce in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judah
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judah

MOSCOW, June 9 (KUNA) — Russia affirmed on Thursday necessity of commitment to the truce in Syria, holding the armed groups fully responsible for seeking to breach the cease-fire.
Speaking at a news conference following conclusion of talks with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judah, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the need to close Syrian-Turkish borders to prevent weapons’ smuggling and infiltration of fighters.
He recalled that the truce doesn’t cover Al-Nusra Front, the so-called Islamic State and their supporting groups.
He expressed his hope that the US, which has been leading an international coalition against terrorism, would join efforts aiming to prevent reinforcements provided to terrorists in Syria.
He underlined the need to resume negotiations among Syrians without a prerequisite, expressing his country’s worry about the delay in making this step.
Lavrov voiced Russia’s understanding over Jordan’s concern about the repercussions of Syrian crisis on situations in Amman, mainly the flux of refugees.
He said that the Russian-Jordanian talks covered also the latest developments of the Palestine cause.
He noted that the UN Security Council resolutions, the Arab initiative and Madrid principles are a firm foundation for the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the two-state solution, and helping the states of Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace.
The Russian official voiced his country’s readiness for backing the resumption of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis in the framework of efforts exerted by the international Quartet. (end) as.hm