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The Latest: Russian FM says other 'sabotaged' Syria talks

Russian Foreign Minister  Sergey Lavrov, speaks with Greek President  Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during their meeting in Athens, on Wednesdsay, Nov. 2, 2016. Lavrov is in Greece on a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaks with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, during their meeting in Athens, on Wednesdsay, Nov. 2, 2016. Lavrov is in Greece on a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on developments in Syria's civil war (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says other countries involved in Syrian peace negotiations have "sabotaged" the process by backing militant groups intent on toppling President Bashar Assad.

Lavrov made the remarks on Wednesday at the start of a visit to Greece, a NATO and European Union member that has maintained close ties with Russia.

He did not name any countries. Peace talks on Syria have involved U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran.

Lavrov's trip comes less than two weeks before a visit to Greece by President Barack Obama.

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10:40 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered a new humanitarian pause in Syria's Aleppo, urging rebels to use it to leave the eastern, besieged districts.

The defense ministry says Putin has ordered that the aid corridors — which Russia had opened earlier — also be open on Friday, for longer hours, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., along with two new exit routes for the rebels to leave eastern Aleppo.

The ministry announced Putin's new gesture in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement says the exits will be open on Friday for both civilians and rebels "in order to prevent a senseless loss of life."

It also says the rebel offensive on the Syrian government-held districts in western Aleppo that was launched last week has failed to break through the siege.