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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed the need for reaching a solution to the crisis in Syria on the basis of Geneva Statement and an immediate cessation of the violence in Syria, calling on the international community to work to achieve that.

In a joint press conference with Egyptian counterpart, Mohammad Kamel Amre, in Moscow on Friday, Lavrov said : " We exchanged views on the situation in Syria and agreed on the necessity of stopping the violence immediately and reaching a solution and a settlement on the basis of Geneva Statement,"

Lavrov emphasized that instead of instigation, the international community must work to stop the violence and exert pressure on the parties to compel them to apply what was agreed upon in Geneva statement.

" The Syrian people are the only ones to determine their own destiny," Lavrov noted.

On the results of his meetings with Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Fayssal Mikdad, Lavrov said that Moscow has got an evaluation of the situation in Syria and the UN envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, recent visit to Damascus as it discussed the Syrian leadership's readiness to start the dialogue, pointing out that Russia will listen to Brahimi's view in Moscow regarding his meetings in Damascus.

Answering a question about the so-called Doha coalition, Lavrov expressed Moscow's disappointment with the statement which announced the time of the formation of the coalition which mainly aimed at canceling the governmental establishments in Syria and rejection of dialogue.

Russian Foreign Ministry : Three-Way Meeting Regarding Syria Expected Next Month

 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, said that the coming three-way meeting regarding Syria may be held in January next year.

" A final decision on the meeting to be held at the level of the Deputy Foreign Ministers would be taken after the upcoming visit of Brahimi to Moscow," Russia Today website quoted Bogdanov as saying in press statements on Friday.

" The decision on a new 'triple B' meeting with Lakhdar Brahimi, (US Deputy Secretary of State), William Burns, and Mikhail Bogdanov, would probably be taken after listening to what Brahimi would say on the situation in Syria," Bogdanov said.

He added : " This meeting will be in January, after the Christmas and New Year holidays.”

Brahimi will hold meeting with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, on ways to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria as Brahimi will brief the Russian Minister on the results of his recent visit to Damascus.

The previous trilateral meeting between Brahimi, Burns and Bogdanov was held in Geneva earlier this month.