Russia to attend Iran talks on Syria despite short notice

August 9, 2012 11:26

MOSCOW - Russia said it would take part in planned talks in Tehran about the Syria crisis on Thursday and would repeat its calls for an end to violence and a political dialogue, but indicated that preparations for the forum had been rushed.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said Russia would be represented by its ambassador to Iran, Levan Dzhagaryan, "if the meeting in Tehran really takes place".It said Russia had received an invitation but that plans to hold the meeting on Thursday meant "time for the necessary preparations is very short."

The Russian Foreign Ministry declined to comment further on Thursday.

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