Russia cuts oil output by 200,000 barrels a dayBusiness & Economy March 30, 8:09
Russian historical epic Viking to be released in Italy, UKSociety & Culture March 30, 2:11
Putin visits ice cave during Arctic tourSociety & Culture March 30, 0:02
Moscow slams West’s reaction to Russian protests as part of long-planned campaignRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 23:56
Putin orders Defense Ministry and FSB to ensure protection of Russia’s interests in ArcticMilitary & Defense March 29, 21:46
Kiev aware of few chances to win in debt lawsuit case — envoyBusiness & Economy March 29, 20:52
Russian top diplomat dismisses claims about human rights violations in Crimea as liesRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 20:23
Moscow suspects Jabhat al-Nusra could be used to topple AssadRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 19:58
Lavrov reiterates there are no facts substantiating Iran’s links to terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 19:40
ASTANA, March 14. /TASS/. Russia will hand over its groundwork on Syria’s constitution to the members of delegations at the talks in Kazakhstan’s Astana, head of Russia’s delegation Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday.
"We are not going to discuss any draft constitution," said Lavrentyev, who is the president’s special envoy for the Syrian settlement.
"Of course, we have some groundwork on political issues that we plan to hand over to the members of delegations for further consideration of preparations for another round of talks in Geneva."
"We believe this may be useful," the diplomat said. "These are the issues on the creation of a constitutional commission on drafting the constitution." He gave no details on the composition of this commission. "These are details that are not revealed now, this will be directly decided in Geneva."
"There are a lot of issues that concern indirectly the issues of political solution," he said. "They will be also considered now during the consultations here."
Astana hosts another round of the international meeting on settling the Syrian crisis on March 14-15. Preliminary consultations are held on Tuesday and on Wednesday participants will gather for a plenary meeting.