Moscow ready to work with Assad and Washington: Putin

(From Sputnik/RT)

It is easy for Moscow to work with Assad and with Washington, Russian president Vladimir Putin said while speaking about the Syria crisis settlement.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

“Speaking about Syrian crisis, I can say that it is easy for us to work with President Assad and with the US. I’ve spoken about it earlier with president Obama and with our friends from Saudi Arabia, and from other Arab states,” Putin said in an interview for the Vladimir Solovyov’s documetary ‘World Order’ which will be broadcast on the Rossiya-1 TV channel.

“Why is it easy, you’re asking? Because we’re not playing the hypocrite, we’re not changing our position [on Syria],” the president added.

According to Putin, Russia has always been very certain about how to settle the Syrian crisis.

“We’ve asked to the people first: whether they agree with us on this or not. And they said ‘yes’ to the key points of the [Syrian] crisis settlement. We then developed our position on those parts that are common and acceptable, which is why we now do not need to rush about like a fly in a bottle,” Putin added.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting a number of opposition factions, as well as radical Islamist groups including Islamic State (IS) or Daesh — outlawed in Russia — and the Nusra Front.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov

Sergie Lavrov

‘Syrian polls possible in 18 months’

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he believes it will be “possible” to establish a transitional unity government in Syria within six months and hold national elections within 18 months.

Following the unanimous adoption of the Syrian roadmap resolution on Friday, Lavrov told the journalists how important it is that all parties are involved in the talks.

“Only by bringing together all external players that can influence what is happening on the ground can we achieve good results,” Lavrov said in New York.

Kerry said talks between the Syrian government and opposition are likely to begin in mid to late January.

He also stressed the progress of what has been accomplished by the United Nations Security Council on Friday, noting that “for the first time since this war started” the UN was able to successfully introduce a roadmap to try to bring about “a peaceful resolution through a political process.”

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