Russia's Lavrov says aim for Astana talks is consolidating Syria truce

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 17, 2017 3:32 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The aim for upcoming peace talks on the Syria crisis in Astana, Kazakhstan, is to consolidate a ceasefire and involve opposition field commanders, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

Lavrov also told a news conference that more opposition militants had the right to join the ceasefire and that many had asked to do so.

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