The United States refused the invitation from Moscow, which offered Washington to participate in the “Astana format” meeting on Syria in Sochi as observers.
RIA Novosti writes about this with reference to the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev. According to him, the American side has accumulated internal problems.
Recall that the meeting is being held under the auspices of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Sochi on February 16-17. The event was attended by delegations of the Syrian opposition and the government, as well as representatives of the UN, headed by the special envoy of the organization’s secretary general, Geir Pedersen. Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon act as observers.
The task of the meeting was called the development of a strategy for the settlement of the Syrian conflict, which has been going on since 2011.