Russia says rebel boycott of Astana talks was initiative of third party

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Posted: Mar 16, 2017 9:09 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A decision by Syrian rebel representatives to boycott the latest round of peace talks in Astana was the initiative of a third party, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Speaking at a regular briefing for journalists, she did not identify the third party.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Christian Lowe)