Russia says rebel boycott of Astana talks was initiative of third party

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A decision by Syrian rebel representatives to boycott the latest round of peace talks in Astana was the initiative of a third party, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Speaking at a regular briefing for journalists, she did not identify the third party.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Christian Lowe)