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Switzerland: De Mistura emphasises importance of US-Russian cooperation in Syria01:23

Switzerland: De Mistura emphasises importance of US-Russian cooperation in Syria

Switzerland, Geneva
March 21, 2016 at 07:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura stressed the importance of the USA and Russia's continued cooperation to uphold Syria's ceasefire while speaking to the press at the UN's Geneva headquarters on Monday.

De Mistura said that there was "no alternative" to the two powers cooperating within the country. He said, "the moment that they don't talk substantively, we go back to the past and we can't afford it. And they know it too."

The special envoy's remarks come days before US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. During his visit to the Russian capital, Kerry is also expected to discuss the crisis in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Switzerland: De Mistura emphasises importance of US-Russian cooperation in Syria01:23
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UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura stressed the importance of the USA and Russia's continued cooperation to uphold Syria's ceasefire while speaking to the press at the UN's Geneva headquarters on Monday.

De Mistura said that there was "no alternative" to the two powers cooperating within the country. He said, "the moment that they don't talk substantively, we go back to the past and we can't afford it. And they know it too."

The special envoy's remarks come days before US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. During his visit to the Russian capital, Kerry is also expected to discuss the crisis in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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