October 14, 2015 / 10:20 AM / 3 years ago

Russia's Lavrov says Washington declines deeper military talks on Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the United States declined to send a high-level military delegation to Moscow to discuss deeper coordination in fighting in Syria as had been proposed by Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivers a speech during a session of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Lavrov said the proposal was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to New York in late September.

He said the idea also included sending a Russian delegation headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the United States as a second step. He said on Tuesday Washington also told Moscow it won’t be receiving the Russian delegation.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Christian Lowe

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