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Marianna Belenkaya

Marianna Belenkaya writes on the Middle East for the Russian daily Kommersant.

25 June 2019 12:51 PM

Russian diplomats sweep through Lebanon, Iraq, Syria

Last week, Alexander Lavrentiev, Russia’s special envoy to Syria, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin and Defense Ministry officials visited Baghdad, Beirut and Damascus. Formally, the trip can be considered the start of the preparatory stage for a new round of the Astana talks on Syria in the renamed Kazakh capital city of Nursultan. The talks are scheduled for late July and the Russian envoys invited Iraq and Lebanon to participate as observer states.