MOSCOW, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia and Turkey agreed on the urgency of stopping bloodshed in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
"The sides noted the necessity to stop as soon as possible the bloodshed, suffering of civilians and armed violence in Syria," the ministry said in a statement following talks between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and his Turkish counterpart Feridun Sinirlioglu.
They urged implementation of the Action Group's Geneva Communique, agreed on June 30, 2012, in the interest of keeping Syria an integrated state where the interests of all social groups would be preserved.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that only Syrians would be able to agree on further development of their country.
His comments came a day after U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the upcoming tripartite meeting on the Syrian settlement should be used to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to make him resign, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The tripartite talks involve UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and representatives from the United States and Russia.
In November, Ankara formally asked NATO to deploy Patriot surface-to-air missiles in Turkey to bolster security along its border with Syria.