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Kremlin believes success of Syria talks in Astana will help to resume Geneva process

January 25, 2017, 12:52 UTC+3

The Kremlin spokesman says possibility of new Astana meeting on Syria depends on further developments

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MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday the talks on the Syrian crisis in Kazakhstan’s Astana were successful and will contribute to resuming the Geneva negotiation process.

"Certainly, this is a success. No doubt, a significant support of the Geneva (negotiations) process is ensured," Peskov said, noting that the talks in the Swiss city remain "a major framework for the Syrian settlement."

However, some hitches occurred in the UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva a long time ago, he said, adding Moscow expects that the outcome of the Astana meeting will "help to resume contacts as part of the Geneva process."

Peskov stressed that the mere fact that the sides gathered for the meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital is "positive," noting that time will show if the Astana process is viable. When asked if the Astana format talks on Syria could develop in the future, he stressed that it depends on the situation.

The possibility of new meetings on Syria in Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana will depend upon the situation, he went on.

According to him, time will tell if the Astana process proves effective. When asked if new meetings could be arranged in Astana in the future, Peskov said that it was "a matter of advisability, it will depend upon the situation."

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