MOSCOW, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Moscow has considered the stop of violence in Syria as a priority to solve the crisis at the current stage, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
"In a particular situation in Syria, like in any similar crisis situation in a certain state, one should see what the main task is at the particular moment. I deeply believe the most urgent task now is to stop the violence," Lavrov told reporters after talks with his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter.
Lavrov also expressed the hope that confronting sides in Syria would announce a truce during their religious holidays.
"I really expect the truce the parties are trying to arrange during the Muslim holidays to be observed," he said.
Meanwhile, Russia believed those who have violated the international humanitarian law during the crisis must be held accountable as a part of the final settlement and national reconciliation, Lavrov said.
The same approach would also be exercised in Libya, he added.
"All the decisions were made that those responsible for bloodshed, murders of civilians, violation of the laws of a war and international humanitarian right must be punished. We don't hear any news on how this has been doing upon the crisis in Libya," Lavrov said.
According to Lavrov, Russia and Switzerland shared concerns over the situation in Syria and agreed that only political solutions would lead to the end of confrontation with minimal losses.