Putin, UN Secretary General Meet Up, Discuss Syria at St. Petersburg Forum

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria issue with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Overall, Putin praised the work of Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary General, taking into account that he is close to completing his mission. In the presence of [UN special envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura great attention was paid to Syria," Peskov told journalists in St. Petersburg on Friday. 

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Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups. 

A Syrian government delegation, as well as three opposition groups — the Riyadh-formed High Negotiations Committee, the Moscow-Cairo and the Hmeimim groups have been taking part in the UN-mediated Geneva talks on Syrian reconciliation.    

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