The Russian Foreign Minister has dismissed alternative plans by the US for a political settlement of the Syria crisis.
On Thursday Sergei Lavrov rejected claims by his US counterpart John Kerry that there was a ‘Plan B’ if an imminent truce deal for Syria fails to reduce hostilities in Syria.
Moscow will focus on “Plan A” in accordance to the agreement signed between the US and Russia on the cessation of hostilities in Syria and is not looking at “Plan B,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
Press TV reports:
Other officials in Moscow denied the existence of one such option, saying the only agreement reached between Moscow and Washington is an imminent truce in the Arab country that will be formalized through a United Nations Security Council resolution.
“We’re perplexed by our Western partners, the US included, mentioning the existence of some kind of ‘Plan B,’ nothing is known on that one, we are considering no alternative plans,” Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said during a conference in Moscow on Thursday.
An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin also rejected the Plan B conjectures, calling the idea proposed by Kerry as ambiguous. Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Moscow’s top priority for the time being remains carrying out the truce initiative.
The Syrian government, which has endorsed the ceasefire, also reacted to the claims, with Bouthaina Shaaban, a political and media adviser to the President Bashar al-Assad, saying that such statements are ostensibly meant to pile up more pressure on Damascus during the lull in the fighting.
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