After failing to enforce reconciliation in Syria while working with the U.S. and other international players for over three years, Russia learned the hard way that the road to peace travels through Turkey, a top Russian diplomat told Anadolu Agency.

Senior Advisor of Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Khodynskaya-Golenishcheva, who was part of the Russian team that negotiated cease-fire with the U.S. in eastern Aleppo in September 2016, said the peace lasted for just two weeks, because both powers had ignored regional players.

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