MOSCOW, March 14 The Russian Defence Ministry is
in touch with Syrian opposition generals who boycotted a third
round of peace talks due to begin in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, the
Interfax news agency cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov as saying.
The Syrian opposition said it would not attend the talks
because of what it called Russia's unwillingness to end air
strikes against civilians and its failure to put pressure on the
Syrian army to abide by a widely violated ceasefire.
Interfax cited Lavrov as saying those reasons were
"unconvincing," that the opposition's refusal to attend had come
as a surprise, and that Russia was dealing with the situation.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn)