MID          6/10/2017

On October 6, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov received Randa Kassis, President of the Syrian opposition Movement for a Pluralistic Society.

They discussed the situation in Syria and related developments, including in light of the success achieved in the effort to eradicate the hotbed of international terrorism in Syria with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces, and the progress made in the Astana process in supporting the ceasefire and establishing functional de-escalation zones. The Russian diplomats stressed the need to step up efforts to achieve a speedy political settlement of the Syrian crisis on the basis of Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council through the broadest possible intra-Syrian dialogue and the Geneva talks under UN auspices.