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Russian, U.S. positions on Syria are getting closer, Lavrov says
May 28, 2015 / 4:07 PM / 3 years ago

Russian, U.S. positions on Syria are getting closer, Lavrov says

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian and U.S. positions on Syria are getting closer, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after several high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington this month over the conflict.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodriguez in Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“Indeed, I think our positions with the United States are getting closer, first and foremost in regard to statements that there can be no alternative to a political solution in Syria,” Lavrov told a news conference.

Lavrov criticized Washington for supporting some of the armed opposition groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying Russia considered this approach “short-sighted”.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska

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