On 15th June 2012, US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will discuss differences over what to do about the conflict in Syria at a G20 summit next week,” said top US official. “Obviously, conflicts persist with respect to Syria, but it will be a good opportunity for the presidents to meet and work it through,” said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, referencing to the Mexico talks.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister denied that Moscow has been discussing the President Bashar al-Assad’s departure in Syria with Western nations, seemingly hoping to quash reports about a shift in its approach to Syria.
He further said that in Syria, there are no such discussions about political transition, after Nuland spoke Thursday of a constructive conversation with the Russians in Kabul on a transition plan modeled on Yemen. Nuland said Friday she had not meant to imply any positions on their part. However she added that we were talking about the general direction that we want to see Syria go, the general principles that the secretary has outlined for a post-Assad transition.
Russian leaders and Syria
While addressing to journalists she said that our dialogue with the Russians, are talking about the full spectrum of issues. We are talking about the situation in Syria. We are talking about how we can implement the Kofi Annan plan in all of its elements.
The six-point plan drawn up by UN-Arab-League envoy Kofi Annan includes a Syrian-led process to bring in political transition in Syria, where Assad has unleashed a brutal crackdown on opposition rebels.
It was confirmed from an editorial in the online Huffington Post, that authorities of Syria on an almost daily basis to urge them to implement the Annan plan and resolutely abandon their delusion that the internal political crisis in Syria will somehow go away.