Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has expressed regret that US Congressmen are not willing to meet with Russian members of parliament to discuss Syria.
" Our parliamentarians have offered their US colleagues to have a meeting and exchange their views, opinions and stands on this issue[Syria] especially as the US Congress is now deciding whether or not force will be used against Syria. It is a pity that US congressmen cannot do that, " Lavrov said on Friday.
State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin announced on the same day that the Russian parliamentarians would not travel to Washington to hold discussions on Syria with members of Congress. “The unwillingness to listen to the arguments at the inter - parliamentary level proves that the American partners realize the weak position, ” said Naryshkin and added, " And(it) also speaks of their attitude towards the norms of international law. " The House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has not agreed to meet with Russian officials next week for discussions on Syria. Russia’s State Duma Vice - Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak has vowed to instead bring up the issue of Syria at the G8 Parliamentary Speakers’ Meeting due to take place in London on September 6 and 7. The US lawmakers drafted a bipartisan measure on September 4 - to be voted on in the two chambers of the US Congress later - imposing a 90 - day deadline for US military intervention, but banning the “deployment of any US troops on the ground” in Syria. The rhetoric of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign - backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation and said the militants had conducted the attack to draw in foreign military intervention. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The United Nations has reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence.