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    Russian Foreign Minister said that Moscow has no plans of hosting an extensive meeting of the Syrian opposition.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Moscow has no plans of hosting an extensive meeting of the Syrian opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Lavrov could receive representatives from the Syrian national coalition later this week.

    "We do not plan any broad meeting of the Syrian opposition. This is probably some incorrect information. We held two meetings in February and April, and now we continue contacts on an individual basis," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Adel Jubeir.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011. The country’s authorities are fighting against opposition forces, as well as Islamist radicals.

    Moscow served as a host city for two rounds of consultations between the Syrian leadership and the country's opposition in January and in April. At the last round of consultations, the sides to the Syria conflict agreed on an agenda, defining a negotiating framework for the crisis settlement talks.

    Earlier this month, Lavrov met with Ahmed Moaz Khatib, the former leader of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.



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