April 29, 2017 / 8:47 AM / 4 months ago

Russia's Lavrov says ready to cooperate with U.S. on Syria - agencies

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following their talks in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017.Sergei Karpukhin/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is ready to cooperate with the United States on settling the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported.

Russian authorities reiterate periodically that they stand ready to renew cooperation with Washington on Syria and, more globally, on fighting terrorism.

Relations between the two countries, however, are seen reaching another low after U.S. fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow's ally for its suspected use of poison gas earlier in April. Russia condemned the U.S. action.

Lavrov's deputy Mikhail Bogdanov also said on Saturday that Russian authorities hope that Syrian armed opposition will take part in Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan's Astana on May 3-4, Interfax reported.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Toby Chopra

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