Moscow calls on Washington to respect the sovereignty of Syria and facilitate a peaceful political settlement in that country. This was stated by the Foreign Ministry after a meeting between Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns.
Russia's position remains unchanged, the crisis in Syria should be resolved by the Syrians themselves "with a focus on ways to end the violence, from whatever quarter."
Moscow believes that the dialogue between authorities and opposition should begin without preconditions, in accordance with the initiative of Arab League.
It is necessary for Damascus to comply with their obligations under the plan of the inter-Arab organization in good faith.
Moscow considers the Syrian government amnesty for participants in large-scale anti-government protests to be an important and positive move.