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Putin Hopes on Kazakhstan's Astana Hosting Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hoped the Kazakh capital of Astana to host talks between Syrian warring parties.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he hoped the Kazakh capital of Astana in Central Asia would play host to "practical" talks between Syrian warring parties on a political solution to the years-long crisis.

"I think a nationwide ceasefire must be agreed, followed immediately by practical negotiations on a political reconciliation," Putin said at the annual press conference.

"We have suggested that Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana could serve as a neutral territory. The Turkish and Iranian presidents have agreed, the president [of Syria Bashar] Assad himself has consented, the president [of Kazakhstan Nursultan] Nazarbayev kindly agreed to lend us this venue, create all working conditions, and I do hope we will get the process going," he told reporters.

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