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Putin: Our Syria position is sound and proper
June 21, 2013, 3:12 pm

President Putin in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel [PPIO]

President Putin in a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel [PPIO]

Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia is concerned with the possibility of a political vacuum in Syria.

“We are worried there would be a political vacuum. If Assad steps down, there will be a political vacuum. And who will fill it? Militants? There is no answer to this question,” President Putin said.

The President said there is only one “healthy idea” to solve the Syrian crisis – that is ‘political dialogue’.

“We’ve voiced it already at the G8 summit but I’ll repeat it again – the only healthy idea is to make all the parties to the Syrian crisis arrive to Geneva for Geneva-2 peace talks so that they find a form of further co-existence and end violence.”

The idea of the international peace conference on Syria was brokered by Russia and the US in May, but it is still not clear when the conference will take place.

Russia has been very consistent in its stance on the situation in Syria, calling for a political conclusion rather than a military one.

“We shouldn’t be imposing anything from abroad,” Putin said, referring to the US approach to Syria.

“Iraq is experiencing problems, Libya too – doesn’t it teach a lesson of more careful actions, more attentive approach? Let’s look more carefully at the practice of the past years and the consequences,” Putin said.

By Daria Chernyshova in St Petersburg, Russia for The BRICS Post