January 16, 2017 / 11:11 AM / a year ago

Russia and Kazakhstan discuss preparations for Syria peace talks

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed preparations for forthcoming Syria peace talks with his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference after the talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia, December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The talks -- backed by Russia and Turkey -- are scheduled to take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Jan. 23.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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