DW: UN declines to confirm delay in Syrian peace talks as it calls for improved aid access
Russia's foreign minister, however, has said the talks in Geneva will be pushed back until the end of next month. Could a delay give Russian and US presidents time to line up their views on the country's future?
"There is no confirmation that the February talks are postponed," Yara Sharif, a spokesperson for Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, said Friday. "We're going to be sure when the special envoy is back" from talks next week with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, she added.
Her statement rebuts Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's annoucement earlier the same day that the UN-backed Syria peace talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on February 8 would be put on hold until the end of the month. He did not give a reason for the delay.
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