Feb 28, 2013
MOSCOW, (SANA)_Russian President, Vladimir Putin called the international community to prevent extremists and international terrorists from taking advantage of the tragedy unfolding in Syria for serving their goals.
In a press conference following talks with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Moscow on Thursday, Putin recalled the terrorist bombing outside the Russian embassy in Damascus a week ago that claimed several lives, among them children.
''Such brutal operation should have drawn a strong international condemnation,'' Putin said.
He said that he had ''heated'' talks with his French counterpart on Syria, adding he believes that the French president has "agreed to certain views we had proposed.''
''Despite the differences in the Russian and French stances on the Syrian crisis, we call for preserving Syria as an undivided democratic state,'' said Putin, adding ''we have plenty of common denominators in the general assessment of the situation there.''
''It is our duty to heed our partners' views on certain aspects in this intricate issue and think it over,'' Putin said.
Putin indicated that the French president had formulated new proposals on the crisis, adding he believes they might be discussed with all partners.
Putin recalled Russia's firm position in backing the legitimate government and combating terrorists and extremists everywhere, indicating that Russia stands by France on this as it supported Paris in Mali.
For his part, Hollande renewed his country's intransigent stand on Syria, affirming that ''France and Russia are working in two parallel courses on settling the crisis in Syria which are difficult to reconcile…but we can confirm a tangible progress was made as we share the same goal of fighting terrorism and preventing the disintegration of the country.''
He called for pushing ahead with the political dialogue without wasting time, considering that his responsibility lies in finding an exit route from the crisis.
Hollande said France considers that the settlement in Syria is ''impossible in the context of cooperation with President Bashar al-Assad,'' although acknowledging that other sides consider president al-Assad a representative of the Syrian people