voiceofrussia.com – US, Russian ministers agree to prepare for Syria peace talks – Lavrov
US and Russian officials agreed on Friday on the need to convene a Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible and will meet again by the end of the month to prepare for the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Lavrov spoke in Washington after talks between the top US and Russian diplomatic and defense officials. He described the overall mood of the talks as very positive.
voiceofrussia.com – Moscow remains firm to its bilateral liabilities by rejecting Saudi’s offer to drop Assad
Vladimir Putin rejected Saudi Arabia’s proposal of $15 billion in weapons contract and protections of Russia’s gas interests in the Middle East if the country abandons its stance on Syrian crisis, according to diplomats involved to a negotiations process.
The information became public after a meeting between the Russian president and Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, general secretary of the National Security Council of Saudi Arabia, in Moscow.
Yet, there has been no official commentaries coming from Moscow or Riyadh about the results of the meeting.
Press TV – Al-Nusra militants kill top Free Syrian Army commander
Members of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front have killed a commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army, as rivalries grow among the militant groups fighting against the Syrian government.
sana.sy – Leader of Republican People’s Party of Turkey blames Erdogan for violence and killing in Syria
Turkish Republican People’s Party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, blamed Prime Minister Recep Taiyyip Edogan for the killing and violence going on in Syria, pointing out that the policies of the Turkish government since the beginning of the crisis in Syria ”have been wrong and dangerous.”
voiceofrussia.com – ‘Geneva-2’ conference on Syria should be called speedily – Ban Ki-moon
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pointed out the need for calling a Geneva-2 conference to find a political solution for the Syrian crisis. He was speaking during a “working dinner” with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday. The international community should focus on the effort to look for a political settlement of the Syrian crisis, Ban Ki-moon added.
voiceofrussia.com – Delaying conference on Syria gives terrorists more chances to disrupt it – Lavrov
The longer the Geneva-2 conference on Syria is being delayed, the more obvious is the need to focus on combating terrorists fighting both against the government and the opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in New York after talks with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“We have done our part of the job,” Lavrov stressed. “The [Syrian regime] is ready to send a delegation without pre-conditions. The ball is now in the opposition’s court”.