MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed preparations for forthcoming Syria peace talks with his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The talks -- backed by Russia and Turkey -- are scheduled to take place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on Jan. 23.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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