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Syrian opposition says to meet Russian officials at Geneva talks on Monday

Syrian opposition says to meet Russian officials at Geneva talks on Monday

The UN-backed negotiations started out on Thursday between the Syrian government and the representatives of the armed and political opposition.

Lawmaker Mohammad Javad Abtahi told ICANA on Sunday that the draft resolution is "politically-motivated" and part of efforts to prolong the dispute. It blamed the attack on government warplanes.

We hope that Russian Federation "will not bet on one person", he said, referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and that it "will provide real and positive support to the political process so that we could reach an appropriate solution".

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, prepares to shake hands with Syria's main opposition High Negotiations Committee, HNC, leader Nasr al-Hariri upon his arrival for a meeting during Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017.

Syrian activists say airstrikes in the country's rebel-held Idlib province have killed at least 11 people.

It is not clear what kind of motives could be behind the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Army, as chlorine's use as a weapon is banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which Syria joined in 2013.

"While the Iran-Russia-Turkey diplomatic push has created new hopes for the settlement of the conflict, the United States and its allies are increasing efforts to escalate tensions and prevent a breakthrough", Jamali said.

The Russian minister, speaking after meeting al-Jaafari, said Damascus wants terrorism on the agenda of the sputtering peace talks, the first in 10 months and the fourth round under United Nations auspices.

Russian Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said Friday that Moscow would veto the measure because it was "one-sided" and based on "insufficient proof".

"It is counter-constructive", Gatilov told reporters.

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