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    The EU should be more decisive in resolving the Syrian crisis, the foreign minister of Belgium said on Monday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The European Union should be more actively involved in resolving the Syrian crisis and not just monitor actions taken by Russia and the United States, the foreign minister of Belgium said on Monday.

    "The European Union should make its position regarding seeking political solution [for Syria] heard. It will be the main goal for the coming months to make sure that the discussions take place not only between Washington and Moscow, but the European Union is also involved in the issue," Didier Reynders told journalists before a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

    In October, EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini visited Iran and Saudi Arabia for talks on the Syria settlement.

    Syria's civil war between government forces and a wide range of insurgents, including opposition groups and terrorists, such as Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as the Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra), both outlawed in Russia, has raged for some five years and has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

    On September 9, Russia and the United States reached an agreement for a peace process in Syria. A ceasefire stipulated by the deal entered into force on September 12, but while it was supposed to last at least seven days for the next steps to be taken toward the Syrian settlement, it disintegrated soon.


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