Russia expects progress on Syria in Geneva on 10 July, after Astana and Hamburg

Mikhail Bogdanov

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MOSCOW, June 17. /TASS/. Russia hopes for progress in inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on 10 July after the events in Astana and Hamburg. This was stated on Saturday by TASS, the Russian President’s special envoy on the Middle East and Africa, Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

“We announced the date of the next round in Geneva, hope that the parties will participate,” – said the diplomat.

“So this meeting will be held after the contacts on Syria in Astana, we hope, and the summit in Hamburg, where also can be some substantive discussions and contacts that are useful for inter-Syrian settlement,” – said Bogdanov.

He confirmed that Moscow hopes for a meeting on Syria in Astana on July 4-5. “Yes, we offered these dates, and everything seems to be welcomed,” said Deputy foreign Minister. “But the host of our Kazakh partners, he added. – We expect that all will be provided and everyone will be able to come.”