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Russian, US positions on Syria are getting closer, Lavrov says

MOSCOW - Russian and US positions on Syria are getting closer, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after several high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington this month over the conflict.
"Indeed, I think our positions with the United States are getting closer, first and foremost in regard to statements that there can be no alternative to a political solution in Syria," Lavrov told a news conference.
Lavrov criticized Washington for supporting some of the armed opposition groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying Russia considered this approach "short-sighted."
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