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    Moscow believes peaceful negotiations are the way forward in the Syria conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Tuesday.

    Moscow believes peaceful negotiations are the way forward in the Syria conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Tuesday.

    "Russia has its own project for a resolution on Syria...it is aimed at stopping the violence there, both by government forces and armed groups," Lavrov said.

    The minister also said another goal of Russia's draft resolution is to bring the opposing sides to the negotiating table for a discussion of the reforms proposed by President Bashar al Assad.

    "We think it is wrong to get stuck on the sanctions issue," Lavrov also said.

    The Syrian government has used force to crush opposition protests, which followed a wave of uprisings in other Arab countries. The UN says over 2,000 people have died since the start of the protests in March.

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