Russia opens ties to Syrian opposition

AFP-JIJI

Groundbreaking talks between the Russian foreign minister and the Syrian opposition leader have bolstered a global push to narrow sharp differences over how to end the conflict in Syria.

After Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz al-Khatib met for the first time Saturday, Moscow said it wanted to keep in regular contact with the Syrian opposition.

Lavrov earlier held talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi amid strong disagreement between Moscow and Washington about ways to end the 22-month Syria conflict.