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DECEMBER 2020

Russia Invites Donald Trump’s Team for Talks on Syria in Astana – The Washington Post

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The Washington Post newspaper reported that the Donald Trump’s team has been invited by Russia for talks on Syria.

Russia Invites Donald Trump's Team for Talks on Syria in Astana – The Washington Post

US President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: AFP / Jeff Kowalsky)

Russia has invited the team of US President-elect Donald Trump for talks on Syria, which will be held in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, the Washington Post newspaper reported, citing a source in the Trump’s team. Turkey and Iran will also take part in the negotiations.

According to the newspaper, the invitation was handed over to the Trump’s administration on December 28, Russia’s ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak phoned Trump’s adviser on national security Michael Flynn.

As the newspaper’s source noted, “no decision was made.” He also added that currently, he does not have “anything additional on US attendance” of this meeting.

According to the Reuters news agency, citing three unnamed sources familiar with the situation, in total, there were five telephone conversations between the Russian ambassador and Flynn. The Trump’s team officially confirmed only one conversation, which took place on December 29. The agency’s sources did not disclose who initiated the negotiations, as well as what exactly was discussed during them.

Spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington Alexey Mosin told Reuters that the diplomatic mission “does not comment on multiple contacts, which are carried out on a daily basis with local interlocutors.”

The negotiations between the sides of the Syrian conflict will be held on January 23, three days later the Trump’s inauguration. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the main condition for Ankara’s participation in the talks is maintenance of the truce in Syria.

In his turn, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the Syrian Arab Republic is ready to participate in the talks in Astana, including in the case of participation of the Syrian opposition.

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