July 10, 2017 / 11:53 AM / in 5 months

Russia says to pursue further cooperation with U.S. on Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will build on the success of a local ceasefire in south-west Syria and seek further opportunities to cooperate with the United States in resolving the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a news conference during the BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting in Beijing, China June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Wang Zhao/Pool

Lavrov, speaking at a news conference, said: “We will try, on this basis, to take further steps forward.”

He said Russia had durable contacts with U.S. officials over the conflict in Syria, and was hoping to broker cease-fires in other parts of the country.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Denis Pinchuk

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