MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Representatives of the Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) might take part in the talks on Syria in Astana in May if Turkey, Qatar or Saudi Arabia put pressure on the HNC, a Russian adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Monday.
"Today, the High Negotiations Committee said they would not go to Astana. Firstly, I think, they may go, if we manage to reach an agreement with Turkey and the latter applies some pressure, or maybe Saudi Arabia and Qatar do, because they are the ones paying," Vitaly Naumkin told Rossiya 24 broadcaster.
The next round of the talks in the Kazakh capital is scheduled for May 3-4. Astana has already hosted three rounds of negotiations on Syrian settlement brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran, held on January 23-24, February 15-16 and March 14-15.