Syrian opposition rejects Russia-sponsored congress, opposition member says


Russia's military campaign objectives "have been nearly accomplished", according to an influential lawmaker.

The seventh worldwide meeting on Syria, now underway in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana, kicked on Monday with the aim to reach agreements between the negotiating parties on the two issues that have not been finalized during the previous six rounds - exchange of prisoners and demining conflict zones.

Representatives of the Syrian regime, armed opposition groups, as well as delegations from the UN, Jordan and the U.S. will attend the talks, he confirmed.

At the same forum, Putin said he had all grounds to believe that Moscow, along with Damascus, would soon defeat "terrorists" in Syria.

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A seventh round of talks on bringing peace to Syria begin on Monday in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

The talks, which focus on strengthening the cease-fire that came into effect on December 30, are brokered by Turkey, which backs the opposition, and Russian Federation and Iran, who support Bashar Assad's regime. He added that Syrian President Bashar Assad is set to launch dialogue involving various representatives of Syrian society, TASS reported. Along with the Astana talks, United Nations-sponsored negotiations are held in Geneva in search of an overall political solution.

However, since then, the civil war has turned into a multi-pronged conflict involving global powers, neighboring countries and non-state actors, including the US, Saudi Arabia and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.