Won’t talk on Syria`s post-Assad future: Russia

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland had claimed that Moscow and Washington were discussing a post-Assad transition strategy.

Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 15:53 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Moscow: Russia`s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday rejected the US’ claims that Moscow is discussing Syria`s future without President Bashar al-Assad.

On Thursday, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that Moscow and Washington were discussing a post-Assad transition strategy.

Lavrov told a news conference on Friday that Russia believes it`s up to the Syrians to determine their country`s future and that foreign players shouldn`t meddle in that.

He argued that an international conference on Syria that Russia has proposed should focus on persuading the Syrian parties to sit down for talks. He says that Russia is opposing any attempts to use the conference to predetermine Syria`s future.

Russia, along with China, has twice shielded Syria, its last remaining ally in the Arab world, from international sanctions.

(With Agency inputs)