Russia says Syria peace talks unlikely before October

August 13, 2013 08:58

MOSCOW - Russia wants a Syria peace conference to be held as soon as possible but it is unlikely to go ahead before October because there is a busy diplomatic schedule before then, a Russian diplomat said on Tuesday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said more talks were expected at the end of August on preparing the so-called Geneva-2 conference, aimed at bringing Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad's government together.

"It (the peace conference) is unlikely to happen in September because there are different events, including the 'ministerial week' at the UN General Assembly," Gatilov told Interfax news agency.

"We are for it happening as soon as possible, but we need to be realistic about circumstances which could effect the forum."

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