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Russian top diplomat, UN special envoy to discuss Syrian settlement

The meeting is going to be the second such talks between Sergey Lavrov and Staffan de Mistura in a month

MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura later in the day in Moscow. The meeting, which is going to be the second such talks between Lavrov and de Mistura in a month, is expected to focus on prospects of the Syrian political settlement threated by the missile strike delivered by the United States and its allies against the republic.

"The developments in the Syrian settlement and prospects, including in terms of the effects of the aggressive action conducted by the US and the countries that supported it in this illegal act against Damascus, will be studied in detail," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier.

The missile strike against Syria’s military and civilian infrastructures was carried out by US planes and naval ships in cooperation with British and French air forces between 03:42 and 05:10 Moscow time on Saturday.

The United States, Britain and France said the strikes were in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma.