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Thursday 24 April 2014

Russia: 'Talks with US on Syria are not going smoothly'

Boys walk amidst the rubble of damaged buildings in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus  September 23, 2013.
Boys walk amidst the rubble of damaged buildings in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus September 23, 2013.

Talks between Russia and the United States on the conflict in Syria are not going very smoothly and Moscow is concerned a chemical weapons deal may have only delayed U.S. military action, a senior Russian diplomat said today.

"Unfortunately it's necessary to note that in contacts with the Americans, things are not going so smoothly...they are not quite going in the direction they should," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in parliament.

He said U.S. officials "always mention that plans to punish Damascus remain in force. We draw certain conclusions from that and assume that the threat of aggression in violation of international law is so far only delayed, not dismissed fully."

Reuters

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