Russia invites Syrians, opposition to Moscow for talks

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Russia has invited the Syrian government and opposition forces to meet in Moscow to discuss a solution to the violence wracking the country, Reuters reported.

A senior member of the Syrian opposition council said separately that no invitation had been received from Moscow and that it would be refused anyway. 

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Naharnet, a Lebanese newswire, said Russia said its offer to host talks was motivated by its desire to see an end to the crisis "through a peaceful mechanism worked out by the Syrians themselves, without international interference."

Meanwhile, Foreign Policy reported that the draft UN Security Council resolution gives the government of Bashar al-Assad 15 days to relinquish power.

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