"If the Tehran meeting does take place, Russia will be represented at it by its ambassador to Iran," the Foreign Ministry's Department of Information Press Deputy Director Mariya Zakharova told Interfax.
Russia has received an invitation to the forum, but "the time allocated for its due preparation is very short," she said.
At the meeting, Russia will insist on immediate cessation of bloodshed and sufferings of the civilian population, and a peaceful resolution being reached in the interests of all Syrians through a broad political dialogue, as provided by Kofi Annan's plan and relevant consensus resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, Zakharova said.
Meanwhile, Dzhagaryan confirmed his attendance to Interfax on Wednesday. "I can confirm that I will be there," the ambassador said.
Earlier Iran's plans to host a meeting of the countries which have taken a "realistic position" on Syria were announced by this country's Deputy Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdollahian.
The meeting will be attended by ten countries, Abdollahian said without specifying which. The meeting is expected to be held at ministerial level.
Syria says its forces have overrun the last pockets of rebel resistance in the southwestern part of Aleppo.
Dozens of terrorists have been killed, and dozens of others captured.
The captives include mercenaries from a number of Arab countries.
The Syrian army has seized quantities or arms, ammunition and bomb-making material.
The neighborhoods where the rebels are still holding out are under attack by tanks, heavy artillery and helicopter gunships.
In the meantime, the Free Syrian Army has dismissed reports that the insurgents are fleeing Aleppo for the border with Turkey.
Russia’s position on Syria, although it may be not to its own advantage, is morally fair and the only right position in this situation. That’s the opinion of veteran Russian politician Yevgeny Primakov. A former prime minister and foreign minister, he said in an interview this week that had he still held office, he would have thrown his full weight behind Moscow’s stance.
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The outcome is hard to predict and it remains to be seen whether Russia will prevail in its calls for a just and fair solution, Primakov said. He spoke about two major obstacles. One is a full-blooded civil war in Syria in which outside forces are also taking part. Yevgeny Primakov named them. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are financing all sorts of mercenaries and volunteers from other countries. They have all the assistance from Turkey. What’s more, U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to support the Syrian opposition, which is gross interference in the internal affairs of sovereign Syria, all the more so that Damascus poses no threat to the United States or any other country, Primakov said.
Another obstacle is worsening relations between Russia and a number of Arab countries. A significant number of the Arab League’s member states back the anti-Assad opposition in Syria. They do not want Bashar Assad to win as they fear it might create conditions for a Shiite belt consisting of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Lebanon. Arab countries ruled by Sunnis are afraid of that.
If the armed opposition succeeds in toppling Assad, the Sunni regime will probably come in his stead. And that will inevitably lead to persecutions of Alawis, Christians, activists of the ruling Baath party – all who do not share the opposition’s views.
The following remark by Vemiamin Popov, director of the Center for the Partnership of Civilizations think-tank at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, gives a hint as to the possible scale of reprisals in the event of Bashar Assad’s overthrow.
"Half of the Syrian population supports the current regime. Various ethnic minorities account for one-third of the population: Alawis – 12%, various branches of Christians – 12%. There are Kurds and Druzes as well. The government has 30% of supporters among other stratas."
As for why Al Qaeda has been involved in the armed conflict and is fighting on the opposition’s side, Yevgeny Primakov gave a simple answer – because Al Qaeda is also a Sunni organization.
Talk of the West striving to establish democracy and stability in Syria by helping the opposition is absolutely void, he said.