MOSCOW — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday rejected claims that Russia is pursuing a military solution to the Syrian crisis instead of political settlement.
"We consider this view incorrect, we cannot agree with it. Russia has been consistent in trying, within the channel of common international work, to find a peaceful settlement, a political settlement to the situation in Syria. Russia is also providing support to the legitimate leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic in terms of countering terrorism and fighting terrorist groups," Peskov told reporters.
Last week, the highly-anticipated talks on Syrian reconciliation mediated by the United Nations began in Geneva in line with the UN Security Council's December resolution on Syrian reconciliation that stipulated that the entire spectrum of political factions in the crisis-torn country be brought to the negotiating table.
On Thursday, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura suspended the Syrian peace talks in Geneva until February 25 because it was impossible to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria.