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Austrian Chancellor Calls for Easing Syria Tensions Between Russia, US

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakAustrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz speaks during a news conference after an informal ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, in Mauerbach nar Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz speaks during a news conference after an informal ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, in Mauerbach nar Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Sputnik International
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VIENNA (Sputnik) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for putting an end to mounting tensions around Syria, especially between Russia and the United States.

"I have just discussed the situation in Syria with Chancellor Merkel. We agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict. We must do everything to prevent further escalation, especially between the United States and Russia and promote the diplomatic peace process," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrote on his Twitter page.

He also stated that Austria does everything it can to support those who seek a political solution to the Syrian conflict and it is always ready to provide the country as a venue for negotiations.

Sebastian Kurz noted that Russia should be involved in the current efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict if it is to succeed.

"Therefore, I talked to President Putin about Syria, first of all about possible confidence building steps towards de-escalation and diplomatic initiatives to resolve the conflict," the Austrian chancellor said.

Earlier in the day, Kurz discussed the situation in Syria with his German counterpart, Angela Merkel.

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