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Moscow certain Damascus won't disrupt Syrian National Dialogue Congress

Russia continues cooperation with Syrian officials, a diplomat says

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia sees no steps by the Syrian government that might disrupt the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

"We do not see any steps by Damascus that might be aimed at disrupting this initiative," she said. "We maintain close contact with the Syrian officials on all tracks and tackle all issues in cooperation."

Moscow, according to the diplomat, has been doing its utmost to give Syrians an opportunity to establish contacts.

"The Congress may prove an extra platform for establishing this dialogue among representatives of different ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds," she said.

"No contradictions should be looked for here. We proceed from the assumption that only Syrians themselves are to shape their future."