The Minister said that, according to him, the Turks are already "digging" a few hundred meters from the border inside Syria. He described Ankara's actions as "creeping expansion", reports "Interfax". The Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation in February suspected Turkey of preparing a ground operation in Syria. Also from Kurdish rebels were reported about allegedly infiltrated into Syrian territory a separate military columns. Turkey has denied these data.
Mediated inter-Syrian talks in Geneva will start on Monday. On Sunday, opposition representatives confirmed that this day will meet with UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is expected to be the main intermediary between the parties to the conflict. It is expected that the main topics for discussion will be the formation of a new government and Constitution, and conducting elections.
A significant part of the interview is devoted to Lavrov calls as soon as possible to connect to the negotiations in Geneva the Kurds: Russia will firmly insist, he said. "We believe that the process begins in Geneva must necessarily involve the Kurds, if we mean what we say when we affirm the commitment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity of Syria", — quotes the Minister "Interfax".
Lavrov noted that if we exclude the Kurds from the negotiations about Syria's future, the question arises whether they would wish to remain part of this state. "Then they just "pull the plug" on the international community and on all these schemes, he continued. — We, therefore, occupying the same position as other countries, except Turkey, will be hard to insist that the UN did not "cave in" before the ultimatums and invited the Kurds from the very beginning of the negotiating process the negotiating table".
TASS recalls that the special envoy of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura said Thursday in an interview with TV channel Al-Jazeera that the method of connection of the Syrian Kurds to Syrian peace talks in Geneva will be found. "The Syrian Kurds are Syrians. And that is why they should be part of discussions about the future of Syria is exactly the same as Christians... as the Sunnis as Alawis, and the Shia, all have to be there," he said.
The main force opposing the inclusion of the Kurds in negotiations is Turkey. Lavrov in an interview said that the United States is unable to affect it: "Americans Now feel that I can not solve alone the serious challenges they now cannot even affect such countries that are their long-standing allies, such as Turkey, which ignores their demands in regard to the same Syrian settlement".
According to the Minister, Russia has several times attracted the attention of Americans to the fact that the absence of the Kurds in negotiations with Damascus violates existing agreements on Syria: "But they (the U.S.) sort of awkwardly avert their eyes and say they agree with us, but we need some time to someone and make".
In Paris on Sunday was a representative meeting of foreign Ministers of the countries of Europe and the US Secretary of state John Kerry. Syria was the main topic.
The Syrian government has along with all to comply with the terms of agreements on a ceasefire and to respect the peace process without a truce for durability, Kerry said after talks. He urged "to cooperate in the delivery of humanitarian aid and to respect the negotiating process aimed at reaching a political solution".
The host of the meeting, French foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, the results also emphasized that good faith compliance with the terms of the ceasefire in Syria is the main guarantee of success of inter-Syrian negotiations for a peaceful settlement.
Speaking about the Geneva talks, Ayrault acknowledged that debate will be difficult. "They need to determine the start of a true political transition process," — said the Minister.
The meeting was attended by heads of foreign ministries of USA, France, UK, Germany, Italy and the EU high representative for foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini. In addition to Syria, the Ministers discussed the situation in Yemen, Libya and Ukraine.