Lavrov accused “certain players” in an attempt to derail talks on Syria

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that “some players” are trying to derail the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, RIA Novosti reported.

“This war [in Syria] can’t win nobody. It is recognized by all experts, and the parties themselves. However, there are some players on the external front, which still harbour the dream of how to overthrow the regime [of Bashar Assad] power, I am trying to do everything, including attempts to provoke the failure of the Geneva talks — Lavrov said Tuesday, April 19, at a press conference following the meeting with the foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault.

“It seems to me that the United States, which together with Russia are co-chairs of the International support group Syria, and France, and other countries that are members of the group support Syria, such attempts strongly disagree”, — said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

The day before, on Monday, Lavrov stressed that Moscow and Washington are not conducting any secret talks on the fate of Bashar al-Assad. “Attempts to claim that there’s some secret negotiation channel, and moreover, that in this secret negotiating channel someone promised to decide the fate of Assad outside the Syrian peace talks is not true,” said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.