Russia invited the administration to trump inter-Syrian talks in Astana
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The representatives of the future administration of U.S. President Donald trump was invited to Russia to talks in Astana.
Russia has invited representatives of the future administration of U.S. President Donald trump on the inter-Syrian talks in Astana, writes the Washington Post, citing a member of the transition team.
According to the source, the invitation to the team of the elected President was conveyed during a telephone conversation of the assistant D. trump on national security Michael Flynn and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the USA Sergey Kislyak, which took place on 28 Dec 2016
The source said that during a conversation between national security Advisor and Ambassador “the decision (about participation – if) was not accepted”.
“Currently I have no additional information on U.S . involvement (in the meeting in Astana – if),” – said an unnamed representative from the transition team D. trump.
The publication stresses that the current administration of Barack Obama “pointedly excluded” from participating in the talks organized by Russia, Turkey and Iran.
According to the newspaper, the invitation generated by the administration of D. trump on the part of Russia “the first sign of improving us-Russian cooperation.”
Earlier Friday, state Department spokesman mark Toner said that the US administration had not yet received official invitations to the forthcoming inter-Syrian negotiations in Astana.
“As far as I know, we have not yet received an official invitation to the talks,” he said.
He added that the United States maintain contact with Russia and Turkey on the subject.
On Friday, the press Secretary of the transition team D. trump Sean Spicer said on December 28, the national security adviser D. trump, Michael Flynn spoke on the phone with the Russian Ambassador in Washington Sergei Kislyak.
“The main topic of conversation was the organization of a telephone conversation with the Russian President and the President elect of the United States after the inauguration, they discussed logistical information about when to schedule this call,” – said S. Spicer told reporters.