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Syrian Peace Talks End In Moscow With No Progress

Talks between some of the opposition and the Syrian government have ended in Moscow with each side blaming the other for a lack of progress.

Analysts say the Kremlin organized the weeklong negotiations in a bid to raise its international standing at a time of tensions with the West over Ukraine.

But the main Western-backed opposition group --the Syrian National Coalition -- refused to attend the Moscow talks amid distrust of Russia's intentions.

The Russian mediator of the talks, Vitaly Naumkin, said the sides failed to agree a final document after disagreeing over measures to build mutual trust.

Russia has strongly backed Syrian President Bashar Assad's government throughout the country's civil war.

The conflict -- now in its fifth year -- has killed more than 220,000 people and has turned nearly 4 million into refugees.

Based on reporting by AP