Russia doesn't want a 'broken' Syria

Russia doesn't want a 'broken' Syria
By Euronews
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UN's Syria envoy speaks to Euronews about seven-year conflict


As Syria’s war continues, the UN’s special envoy has been in Brussels for talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

Staffan de Mistura is continuing efforts to try and bring an end to the deadly conflict, that’s been raging for nearly seven years.

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“The leading message of along which Geneva is working on is called resolution 2254. That speaks very clearly about several steps and several actions including a political transition, including a constitution and elections,” de Mistura told Euronews.

Syrian rebels believe the Russians – whose air force all but won the war for the government – will have the final say on Syria’s fate. And de Mistura told Euronews that lines of communication need to be maintained with Moscow.

“I know one thing, they have an interest as we have in ending this conflict in Syria. They do not want to end up holding the hands of a broken Syria. And I believe that is the reason why we should continue talking to them, with them.”

Rebels under siege near Damascus have reportedly resorted to talks with Russia. A sign maybe of Moscow’s deepening role in trying to shape the future of this worn-torn country.

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