Middle East

Russian, US positions on Syria getting closer: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov listens to United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

MOSCOW: Russian and U.S. positions on Syria are getting closer, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after several high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington this month over the conflict.

"Indeed, I think our positions with the United States are getting closer, first and foremost in regard to statements that there can be no alternative to a political solution in Syria," Lavrov told a news conference.

Lavrov criticized Washington for supporting some of the armed opposition groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying Russia considered this approach "short-sighted."

 

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