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Russian Foreign Ministry regrets U.S. postponement of The Hague Meeting on Syria
Russian Foreign Ministry expressed regret that the US has postponed The Hague meeting on Syria which was due to be held Wednesday.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov said Tuesday on Twitter "It is regrettable that our partners decided to postpone the Russian-U.S. meeting on calling an international conference on Syria."

He stressed that finding standards for a political settlement in Syria was quite useful, particularly that the situation now is troubled with the specter of a military campaign.

The U.S. State Department announced the postponement of the Russian and U.S. representatives' meeting in The Hague on preparing for an international conference on Syria (Geneva2) under the pretext of continuing consultations regarding what has been described as the response on the alleged chemical weapons' use in Syria.

The meeting was due to be held tomorrow in The Hague between the Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers, Gennady Gatilov and Mikhail Bogdanov on the Russian behalf, while U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy R. Sherman, and U.S. former ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford were to represent the USA.

Later, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said that his country calls upon the USA and other states to rationalize and 'be reasonable' regarding the Syrian issue.

Commenting on the U.S. decision on postponing the Russian-U.S. meeting in The Hague, Lukashevich warned in a statement that seeking different baseless pretexts for a military intervention in Syria through passing over the Security Council (UNSC) would lead to a disaster.

He said that attempts to skip the UNSC under artificial groundless excuses for launching a military intervention in the region would generate a new suffering in Syria, as it would also bring unfavorable subsequences to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Russian official stressed the importance that the U.S. officials and all UNSC members be reasonable, adherent to the international law and, above all, be committed to the basic principles of the UN Charter.

Lukashevich affirmed that the most urgent task for the time being is convening the international Conference on Syria (Geneva2), pointing out that his country expects that the USA would fulfill its role in preparation for this Conference.

"The U.S. decision on the postponement of the meeting gives signs to the Syrian opposition to show more intransigence as a step for foreign intervention," he added.

Lukashevich criticized the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's statements on Monday when he said "evidence of chemical weapons use is undeniable," without displaying the alleged evidence overtly.
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