Sergey Lavrov: Kurds need to be at Geneva, Turkey making it difficult

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a solution needs to be found for the Kurds to participate in the Geneva talks set to take place next Thursday, but that “Turkey and other factors were making this difficult”.

Speaking at a press meeting in Moscow, Lavrov told journalists that “It is extremely important for Russia to find a solution so that the Kurds can be part of the Syria talks in Geneva, however, this will be difficult due to Turkey’s stance and other factors.”

“You all know Turkey’s stance on the matter,” Lavrov continued, “we are trying to solve this problem with our Turkish partners through Astana and other channels. This cannot be delayed any longer.”

Lavrov also touched on recent attacks by armed opposition groups in Syria, specifically around Damascus. “I am certain that increased armed and terrorist activity by militants in Syria is to cast a shadow on the Geneva meetings next week”.