Russia says to pursue further cooperation with U.S. on Syria

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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a news conference during the BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting in Beijing

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will build on the success of a local ceasefire in south-west Syria and seek further opportunities to cooperate with the United States in resolving the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Lavrov, speaking at a news conference, said: “We will try, on this basis, to take further steps forward.”

He said Russia had durable contacts with U.S. officials over the conflict in Syria, and was hoping to broker cease-fires in other parts of the country.

(Reporting by Christian Lowe; Editing by Denis Pinchuk)

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