Russia has stressed that plans for the political future of Syria cannot be forced on it from outside, opposing any preconditions for talks between the Syrian government and the opposition.
The Russian foreign ministry, in a statement released on Monday, said Moscow rejects "attempts to force prepared recipes for socio-political development" on the Middle Eastern nation, Reuters reported.
The statement added that Russia calls for an end to fighting and the start of talks between the Damascus government and Syrian opposition parties.
On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed Moscow’s strong opposition to repetition of the Libyan scenario in Syria, stressing that the Kremlin will not allow such a thing to happen again.
“We’ll not allow the Libyan experience to be reproduced in Syria. Unfortunately our Western partners have departed from the Geneva accords and are seeking the departure of [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad,” he said.
Lavrov went on to note that Russia had not been involved in any talks on Assad’s future, dismissing speculation that Moscow was preparing for the Syrian leader’s departure.
"We are not holding any talks on the fate of Assad," he said. "All attempts to present the situation differently are rather shady, even for the diplomacy of those countries that are known for striving to distort facts in their own favor."
The Russian foreign minister stressed that the priority was to end the unrest in Syria, not to discuss the fate of one man.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.