Russia invites Trump aides to Syria talks in Astana

Jan 17, 2017, 6:10 AM EST
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland/flickr)

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow is inviting the officials of the incoming U.S. administration to attend Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan. Lavrov said he hoped that fresh discussions on ending the Syrian crisis will be more productive than the ones conducted under the Obama administration.

Lavrov confirmed that that the peace talks will take place on January 23, adding that Russia is encouraged by President-elect Donald Trump’s determination in combating terrorism, writes Reuters.

The peace process in Syria has been stuck in the recent months, as Washington and Moscow failed to reach an agreement over several issues, notes The Wall Street Journal. The development comes as a fragile ceasefire, brokered by Turkey and Russia, is holding across Syria.