Russia: Terrorist PKK/PYD won't be at Sochi Syria talks

Syria war winds down but tangled map belies conflict ahead

Delegations from Russia, Iran and Turkey along with the Syrian government's representatives and a 20-strong opposition delegation are in Astana for the two-day talks.

However, Turkey is opposed to the involvement of the US-backed PYD/YPG militants. The plenary meeting will be held on December 22. He also elaborated on the UN's plan to continue Syrian-Syrian talks.

Turkey has been a main backer of the opposition groups and rebels trying to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power while Russian Federation and Iran have been among his main backers.

Lavrov voiced hope that planned Syria talks in Sochi could encourage dialogue.

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Russian Federation periodically opens a third track through Cairo. "The Special Envoy will be consulting the Secretary-General once he has received all the information required".

"The PKK's participation is not foreseen for now" at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress at the Black Sea resort, set for January 29-30, Russia's Syria Envoy Alexander Lavrentiev told reporters.

Damascus will make every effort for the success of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi on January 29-30, the head of Syria's governmental delegation at the Astana talks and Syria's United Nations envoy Bashar Jaafari said.

Iran, Russia and Turkey are known as the guarantors of a ceasefire in Syria within the framework of Astana process. There are now about 1,500 USA troops in Syria that initially came to train and support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the anti-IS campaign.

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