According to Hassan Sakr, the head of foreign affairs at the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) in Lebanon, Moscow positively influences the search for political solution to the crisis in Syria because it has good relations with key players on the Middle East, such as Iran, Turkey, the United States and the Syrian opposition.
“Russia plays a key role in our region. This role is very positive for a political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the role is very big for defeating terrorism,” Sakr said during a press conference.
He added that this influence was due to good diplomatic ties Russia had with all key players in settling the conflict.
“Russia has certain relations with the opposition, Russia has good relations with Iran and Turkey, the United States, this stance enables Russia to play a really effective role in the region,” Sakr explained.
Russia along with Turkey and Iran brokered three rounds of talks on Syrian settlement in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana. During the talks, the participants agreed to set up a ceasefire monitoring group, among other issues.
The next meeting on Syria in Astana is expected to take place in early May.