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Russia Wednesday accused the Saudi-backed Syrian opposition of employing blackmail by suspending its participation in peace talks in Geneva.

In a statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said the tactics deployed by the High Negotiations Committee showed it was not capable of reaching a deal and could not be the sole representative for the opposition at the talks.

The statement described as groundless opposition allegations that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad were violating an agreement on a cessation of hostilities and on granting access for humanitarian supplies.

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