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    Kerry's Proposal to Meet on Syria Crisis 'Not Discussed at High Level'

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    The issue of US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting Russian, Saudi, Turkish and Jordanian authorities over ending the ongoing Syrian civil war is not being discussed at the highest level, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Kerry said during a press conference in Madrid that a meeting was planned, but did not specify at what level the meeting would be held, or any specific date, only saying it might happen this week.

    "In this case we are not talking about the high level," Peskov said, adding that the Russian Foreign Ministry was addressing the suggestion.

    Syria has been deeply crippled by an ongoing civil war beginning in 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and numerous militant groups, including Islamic State and the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

    Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, launched precision airstrikes against IS targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Assad.

    A US-led international coalition has been launching airstrikes against the IS targets in Iraq and Syria, without Assad’s or UN approval, since 2014.


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