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Moscow Demands Participation of Syrian Kurds in Peace Talks

© AFP 2021 / DELIL SOULEIMAN Kurdish children hold a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and banners during a demonstration against the exclusion of Syrian-Kurds from the Geneva talks in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on February 4, 2016
Kurdish children hold a flag of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and banners during a demonstration against the exclusion of Syrian-Kurds from the Geneva talks in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on February 4, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Moscow's permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva said Syrian Kurds' participation in the peace talks was a must while Ankara's stance on barring them from the negotiations was unacceptable.

GENEVA (Sputnik) — Russia is demanding the participation of the Syrian Kurds in the Geneva talks while the Turkey's "blackmail" in this regard is unacceptable, Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin told Sputnik on Wednesday.

"We are constantly repeating that Turkey's blackmail in relation to the fact that the Syrian Kurds allegedly must not and should not be admitted to the negotiations is absolutely unacceptable. We are strongly demanding from the UN Special Envoy for Syria [Staffan de Mistura], for the Syrian Kurds to be provided with a dignified place in the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva," Borodavkin said.

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