Syrian Rebels Will Attend Monday's Peace Talks

Russian Federation hopes for cooperation with Donald Trump's administration on "strategic stability" - including nuclear weapons - and the Syria war, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Lavrov also said at the news conference that he thought it is right to invite the incoming Trump administration to Syria peace talks scheduled for January 23 in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.

Lavrov saw Trump's statement as an offer to engage in nuclear arms control talks and help lay the groundwork for them by reviewing the issue of sanctions.

Lavrov said he hoped the cooperation with Trump administration on Syria would be "much more effective" than that with out-going President Barack Obama administration.

Russian Federation welcomes Trump's stated priority of fighting terrorism and regards him as someone who won't apply "double standards" on the issue, Lavrov said. "We consider it right to invite the representatives of the United Nations and the new U.S. administration to take part in it", the Minister said.

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Lavrov dismissed the dossier's author, Christopher Steele, as "a fugitive charlatan from MI6" and said the dossier looked like part of a campaign to cause problems for Trump and his allies.

The President-elect "wants every country to be responsible for its own development and this is an attitude we can relate to", he told reporters at a news conference, reiterating Russia's criticism of President Barack Obama's administration, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.

This puts the Astana talks far ahead of any previous talks on ending the Syrian Civil War, as previous attempts never successfully began with everyone willing to come to the table at all, and most collapsed in the course of trying to get everyone to agree to discuss anything.

Some commentators have said Senate hearings for some of Trump's picks show they will be tough on Russian Federation.

Tillerson had extensive dealings with Russian Federation when he was the head of Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) oil company.

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