April 24, 2018 / 5:40 AM / 7 months ago

REFILE-Russia's Lavrov says U.S. has no intention to leave Syria - RIA

(Refiles to fix paragraph 1 mispunch to “no” instead of “to”)

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday the United States had no intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said.

Lavrov told reporters in Beijing he hoped it would become clearer how to cooperate on settling the Syrian issue after contacts with his counterparts from France.

Commenting on foreign ministers from Group of Seven leading industrialized nations who united on Monday to condemn Russia, Lavrov said they had an obvious “Russophobic rationale,” RIA added. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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