Representatives of the Syrian armed groups at Astana talks purposefully refused to look into the proposals on constitutional change that were presented to them by the Russian delegation, insisting on the need to establish a lasting ceasefire prior to discussing political transition, adviser to the opposition delegation in Astana Yahya Aridi told Sputnik Thursday.
"We positively disagree with such assessments, which are inaccurate and are distorting the reality. Russia is not trying to force either [crisis] settlement terms or the basic law of the country on Syrians," Zakharova said.
Zakharova reiterated that the draft Constitution is an attempt to bring together the approaches of the Arab republic's government and opposition.
The work on the Syrian Constitution must not become an "arena for meaningless rhetoric and demonstration of ambitions," Zakharova stressed.
"The Syrian nation must see prospects of moving toward peace. Conditions for this have been provided," Zakharova concluded.
The Astana talks on Syrian settlement were brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran and took place in the Kazakh capital on January 23 and 24. They marked the first time since the beginning of Syrian civil war in 2011 when the government of Syria and the armed opposition sat together at the negotiations table.