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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, reaffirmed that the crisis in Syria should be solved in accordance with Geneva statement.

In a press conference held in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov stressed that all sides have to stop violence and set at the dialogue table.

He said that Moscow works on solving the problems on the bases of mutual respect and not meddling in the countries' affairs.

"Russia is meeting with all sides in Syria, whether from the government or the opposition, and demands that external players implement the Geneva statement," Lavrov pointed out.

He noted that some member states at the UN Security Council and Turkey are sending wrong messages to the Syrian opposition which is rejecting dialogue, saying that this contradicts what was agreed on in Geneva statement.

Lavrov highlighted that the efforts of Moscow and Beijing with the UN envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, are being hindered by the rejection of the opposition to hold dialogue.

He noted that "The situation in Syria doesn't require, according to the evaluation of our Embassy in Damascus, an evacuation plan of the Russian citizens", underlining that Moscow's foreign policy aims at solving the crises in the world.

"Russia views the US behavior in excluding Iran from the participation in reaching a solution to the crisis in Syria as a great mistake,"  said the Russian foreign Minister, stressing that Iran is one of the key countries in the region and problems in the region cannot be solved without it.