Russia welcomes Syria talks, but stresses need for consensus

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister says Moscow is ready to take part in a new round of Syria peace talks, to be hosted by the United States, provided that international consensus is reached.

Sergey Lavrov said Russia is ready to participate in the talks, proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for Dec. 18-19 in New York, but added that the nations involved in the talks need to agree first on a list of "terrorist groups" in Syria and another list of opposition groups that could be part of political transition talks.

Lavrov also emphasized that the time and venue of the next round of talks should be acceptable to all participants.

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