The Russian security Council expressed “grave concern” because of the “serious degradation of the situation” in the talks on Syria in Geneva. About it has informed journalists a press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports TASS.
The meeting of Vladimir Putin with members of the security Council took place on Thursday. According to Peskov, the Geneva talks in addition to the meeting discussed “the situation in middle East settlement based on this week’s meeting of the President with the leader of the PNA Mahmoud Abbas and the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu”.
In addition, addressed current socio-economic domestic agenda and a number of issues related to the preparations for the parliamentary elections.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, state Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin, head of administration of the Kremlin Sergey Ivanov, Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, the Director of FSB Alexander Bortnikov, security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, his Deputy Rashid Nurgaliyev, interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev and defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and the head of the foreign intelligence Service Mikhail Fradkov.
Thursday, 19 April, the head of the delegation of the Syrian opposition Assad al-Zoubi said that its representatives by Friday to leave Geneva. According to Reuters, the rebels decided to “draw a line under the negotiations” while the Syrian government does not fulfil their conditions. Earlier it was planned that the talks in Geneva will last until the middle of next week.
Two days ago the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that “some players” are trying to derail the process of negotiations on Syria in Geneva with the aim to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.