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Russia: Militants want to disrupt Syria Geneva talks - Lavrov02:35

Russia: Militants want to disrupt Syria Geneva talks - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 22, 2017 at 18:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the recently increased activity of militants in Syria was aimed at disrupting the Syria Geneva talks, while speaking at a joint press conference with his Congolese counterpart Leonard She Okitundu in Moscow on Wednesday.

Lavrov also expressed hope that all parities invited for the new round of talks, including armed opposition groups would arrive in Geneva. "Nothing can be done without direct dialogue and we support Staffan de Mistura's efforts to organise such a direct dialogue," he added.

The Russian diplomat also stated that Moscow respected the Syrian authorities' decision not to accept United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus. "We believe that the upcoming talks in Geneva may help the parties reach some positive results and establish direct contacts," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lavrov welcomed de Mistura to Moscow, one day ahead of the next round of Syria talks in Geneva.

Russia: Militants want to disrupt Syria Geneva talks - Lavrov02:35
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the recently increased activity of militants in Syria was aimed at disrupting the Syria Geneva talks, while speaking at a joint press conference with his Congolese counterpart Leonard She Okitundu in Moscow on Wednesday.

Lavrov also expressed hope that all parities invited for the new round of talks, including armed opposition groups would arrive in Geneva. "Nothing can be done without direct dialogue and we support Staffan de Mistura's efforts to organise such a direct dialogue," he added.

The Russian diplomat also stated that Moscow respected the Syrian authorities' decision not to accept United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Damascus. "We believe that the upcoming talks in Geneva may help the parties reach some positive results and establish direct contacts," he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lavrov welcomed de Mistura to Moscow, one day ahead of the next round of Syria talks in Geneva.

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