Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, speaks with journalists after his meeting with the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Dec. 5, 2014. Concerning President-elect Donald Trump, Bogdanov told reporters in Russia, Thursda
Russia's deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, speaks with journalists after his meeting with the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil in Beirut, Dec. 5, 2014. Concerning President-elect Donald Trump, Bogdanov told reporters in Russia, Thursda

MOSCOW - Syrian government representatives will attend upcoming peace talks in Geneva, Russia's state RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Bogdanov said Moscow hoped that Syrian armed opposition would be able to attend the peace talks.

Bogdanov also said the United Nations' Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, would visit Moscow ahead of the Geneva talks.

De Mistura is trying to mediate a political agreement between Syria's warring sides, and after a procedural round of talks in Geneva ended on March 3, he plans to bring the negotiators back for in-depth discussions on March 23.

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