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Russian foreign minister: Syria peace talks going in circles, US seeks only 'regime change'


UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, attends a press conference after a trilateral meeting with U.S. and Russian representatives during the 2nd round of negotiation between the Syrian government and the opposition, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Valentin Flauraud) (The Associated Press)

The Russian foreign minister has accused the United States of using Syria peace talks to seek "regime change" in the country.

Sergei Lavrov says a transitional governing body must not be the sole focus of the talks in Geneva, which are "going in circles." He spoke in Moscow on Friday following a meeting with his German counterpart.

The comments came a day after senior U.S. and Russian officials met in Geneva with U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi in an effort to save the faltering talks.

Brahimi was meeting separately with the Syrian government and regime delegations in Geneva on Friday. An opposition spokesman said Thursday there was no point in continuing to meet with the government officials because the talks were going nowhere.