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    Russia-Proposed Draft Syrian Constitution 'Invitation to Discuss Syrian Future'

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    Russian proposals on the new Syrian constitution are not an attempt to apply pressure on Syrian opposition, but rather an invitation to a dialogue on Syrian future, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the week, the draft Syrian constitution, prepared by Russian experts, was presented to the Syrian opposition during the settlement talks in the capital of Kazakhstan. Head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentyev underlined that Russia was not interfering in consideration of constitution and presented the draft to the opposition simply in order to accelerate the process.

    "Naturally, this is not an issue of our pressure, or attempts to force some kind of a rigid framework on opposition groups. This is an invitation for a discussion on the most important issue — the future of Syria," Zakharova said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

    Earlier in the day, Sputnik obtained the text of the document.

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