Russia Tries to Salvage Syria Peace Bid Amid Iran Dispute
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Russia is struggling to salvage its bid to secure a deal to end six years of civil war in Syria as deepening differences with Iran risk a repeat of previous failed peace efforts led by the U.S.
“Things aren’t going as smoothly as we would want” in the Geneva talks, President Vladimir Putin told reporters Tuesday during a visit to Kyrgyzstan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov met the Syrian government delegation head, Bashar Jaafari, in Geneva, where the United Nations is holding the first round of Syria negotiations in almost a year. He’s also due to meet the main Syrian opposition group, the Western-backed High Negotiations Committee. It’s demanding that Russia press President Bashar al-Assad and his other chief ally, Iran, to observe a cease-fire and discuss steps for a political transition.
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WNU Editor: This is making the pundits talk in Moscow .... and they are not happy. What's my take .... the Kremlin is finally realising how much of a quagmire this entire conflict is .... and it is Russian President Putin himself who is admitting that “things aren’t going as smoothly as we would want” in the Geneva talks