UN Syria envoy meets Lavrov in Moscow ahead of peace talks resumption

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Moscow on April 5, 2016The United Nations envoy on Syria, Staffan de Mistura, met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow Tuesday as he looked to lay the groundwork for peace talks expected to resume next week. “I plan to go to other locations, Tehran, Damascus, Ankara, Riyadh, in order to prepare better, but it’s really important to start here in Moscow,” de Mistura said at the start of the meeting. Russian forces intervened in Syria last year in support of long-time ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

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