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Lavrov Says 'No Special Expectations' For Syria Meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (file photo)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has "no special expectations" for talks on October 15 on the Syria crisis that will be held in Lausanne.

Lavrov said on October 14 in Yerevan that Moscow does not intend to put forward new initiatives on resolving the conflict in Syria and that Russia has not yet seen reciprocal steps from its Western partners.

Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed this week to hold the meeting in Switzerland to consider what further steps could be taken to achieve a resolution to the Syria conflict.

Foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran could also take part in the talks.

The Reuters news agency quotes unidentified U.S. officials as saying U.S. President Barack Obama and his senior foreign policy advisers are expected to meet on October 14 to consider options in Syria.

Washington's efforts to work with Moscow toward a jointly sponsored cease-fire in Syria have foundered amid a Syrian government push to retake Aleppo. Moscow has been supporting Damascus's forces with an aerial bombing campaign.

Lavrov is in Yerevan for a meeting of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

The CSTO is a regional security group of former Soviet republics that includes Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan.

Based on reporting by Reuters