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— Worldbulletin (worldbulletin) January 20, 2016 There are serious issues to be resolved before the talks convene not least which rebel representatives are invited to attend. Russia and Iran, which back Syrian President Basher al-Assad and Saudi Arabia, other Arab states, the US and Europe have conflicting ideas on which opposition representatives are acceptable. Sergei Lavrov attempted to remain upbeat:\u201cHopefully the talks will start in the very near future. We agreed that once the political process has started we will be able to talk about a ceasefire.\u201d US Secretary of State Kerry, Russian FM Lavrov meet ahead of Syria peace talks https://t.co/LBi9CyhEg9 pic.twitter.com/oON44r68Yr\u2014 DAILY SABAH (@DailySabah) January 20, 2016 A Syrian opposition council has already threatened to pull out if Russia gets its wish to broaden the opposition negotiating team. Riad Hijab: #US clearly backtracked over #Syria https://t.co/YFujpGeF8W#Orient pic.twitter.com/pdIr3q0HBY\u2014 Orient News English (@OrientNewsEn) January 13, 2016 Speaking from Riyadh, Riad Hijab, the head of the Syrian opposition negotiating team accused Russia of hindering the talks: \u201cThere must be a clear environment. There must be a clear agenda for negotiations to work towards a political transition and not to just go and chat and waste time while Syrian people die under shelling and from hunger. This is unacceptable. Russia is impeding the negotiations, so there are no negotiations.\u201d #retweet: 4 years and still going, #Syria had been a place of conflict where innocence civillians became victims. \u2026 pic.twitter.com/rMx7OWORR1\u2014 azharhamid (@cura_alsaban) January 10, 2016 As the political process on Syria builds the defence ministers of seven countries engaged in the fight against ISIL met in Paris to review strategy in the light of repeated terrorist attacks across the globe.", "dateCreated": "2016-01-20 17:47:40", "dateModified": "2016-01-20 17:47:40", "datePublished": "2016-01-20 17:47:40", "image": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/321844/1440x810_321844.jpg", "width": "1440px", "height": "810px", "caption": "US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of next week\u2019s peace negotiations on Syria. John", "thumbnail": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/321844/385x202_321844.jpg", "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "euronews", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png" } }, "author": { "@type": "Person", "name": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] }, "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] }, "video": { "@type": "VideoObject", "name": "Syrian opposition accuses Moscow of hindering peace talks", "description": "US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of next week\u2019s peace negotiations on Syria. John", "thumbnailUrl": "https://static.euronews.com/articles/321844/385x202_321844.jpg", "width": "385px", "height": "202px", "uploadDate": "2016-01-20 17:47:40", "duration": "PT1M34S", "contentUrl": "https://video.euronews.com/mp4/med/EN/NW/SU/en/160120_NWSU_170A0-175946_E.mp4", "embedUrl": "/embed/2632944", "publisher": { "@type": "Organization", "name": "Euronews", "legalName": "Euronews", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "https://static.euronews.com/website/images/euronews-logo-main-blue-403x60.png", "width": "403px", "height": "60px" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } } }, { "@type": "WebSite", "name": "Euronews.com", "url": "https://www.euronews.com/", "potentialAction": { "@type": "SearchAction", "target": "https://www.euronews.com/search?query={search_term_string}", "query-input": "required name=search_term_string" }, "sameAs": [ "https://www.facebook.com/euronews", "https://twitter.com/euronews", "https://flipboard.com/@euronews", "https://www.instagram.com/euronews.tv/", "https://www.linkedin.com/company/euronews" ] } ] }
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Syrian opposition accuses Moscow of hindering peace talks

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Syrian opposition accuses Moscow of hindering peace talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of next week’s peace negotiations on Syria.


There are serious issues to be resolved before the talks convene not least which rebel representatives are invited to attend.

Russia and Iran, which back Syrian President Basher al-Assad and Saudi Arabia, other Arab states, the US and Europe have conflicting ideas on which opposition representatives are acceptable.

Sergei Lavrov attempted to remain upbeat:“Hopefully the talks will start in the very near future. We agreed that once the political process has started we will be able to talk about a ceasefire.”

A Syrian opposition council has already threatened to pull out if Russia gets its wish to broaden the opposition negotiating team.

Speaking from Riyadh, Riad Hijab, the head of the Syrian opposition negotiating team accused Russia of hindering the talks: “There must be a clear environment. There must be a clear agenda for negotiations to work towards a political transition and not to just go and chat and waste time while Syrian people die under shelling and from hunger. This is unacceptable. Russia is impeding the negotiations, so there are no negotiations.”

As the political process on Syria builds the defence ministers of seven countries engaged in the fight against ISIL met in Paris to review strategy in the light of repeated terrorist attacks across the globe.