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Lavrov says Syria ceasefire more likely to fail than succeed

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MUNICH (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that the odds of a ceasefire for Syria being successfully put in place by next week were less than 50 percent.

Asked at a security conference in Munich to assess the chances of the ceasefire deal succeeding, Lavrov answered: “49 percent”. Asked the same question, his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier put the odds at 51 percent.

Writing by Noah Barkin; Editing by Paul Carrel

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