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Syrian opposition to boycott Astana over Russian ‘breaches’

The Kazakh government said it had invited the government and rebels for Feb. 15-16

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Syrian opposition official said that the opposition delegation will not attend the talks in Kazakhstan this week due to Russia not committing to what was agreed upon at the previous meeting.

A second opposition official said that the "the Syrian regime must provide evidence of good faith before the meeting in Astana," as quoted by "Reuters".

Mohammad Al Aboud, a senior rebel official, said the delegation would not attend. "There were violations in the ceasefire and the Russians did not live up to their promises to halt these violations," he told Reuters.

The Kazakh government said on Saturday it had invited the government and rebels for Feb. 15-16. They attended a similar indirect meeting in the Kazakh capital Astana last month.