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Russia, US meet ahead of talks on Syria

06-30-2012 08:35 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, have held talks in St. Petersburg, one day ahead of the ministerial talks on Syria in Geneva.

Russia has expressed regret that Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon had not been invited to the talks on Syria in Geneva, following objections by the United States. Lavrov said although Russia welcomed the talks, there were no discussions with Western powers over plans for a political transition in Syria. During the talks, Hillary Clinton tried to persuade Moscow to agree on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's departure.

Foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, the Arab League, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the Geneva talks.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov answers questions during a press
conference in Moscow on June 28. Russia has called the upcoming Geneva
talks on Syria a "positive step" despite fears that the meeting might
not go ahead because of disagreements and Moscow's anger at the absence of Iran.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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