While no major breakthrough was achieved in talks mediated by UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the diplomat lauded the fact that rival delegations agreed on a credible plan to guide the next round of discussions set to kick off later this month.
"The train is ready, it's in the station, it's warming up its engine", he said.
Talks in Astana, convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran, would be complementary and deal with "maintenance of the ceasefire, immediate confidence-building measures and operational counter-terrorism issuees", he told a final press conference.
Earlier, Borodavkin said that Moscow pushes for inviting the Democratic Union Party to the UN-sponsored intra-Syrian talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Setting the agenda proved a delicate task in this round of talks, dubbed Geneva 4, which aimed to restore hope for a negotiated solution to a conflict that has raged for six years and claimed, by most counts, almost half a millions lives.
The rebels even agreed to "provisionally" accept the 12 principles the United Nations laid out for the peace process, laid out as a result of indirect negotiations with the United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura.
The High Negotiations Committee (HNC), which serves as an umbrella group for militants and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the peace talks, was the main Syrian opposition at the negotiations along with two smaller groups that attended the negotiations under the auspices of Russian Federation.Both sides could point to small victories.
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The UN envoy seemed upbeat.
Despite periodic displays of division, Western diplomats and analysts who had come to shepherd the opposition through the tricky process credited the motley crew of political dissidents and military commanders for holding their ground. Neither is part of the United Nations peace process.
"This is a war of six years where people were not even looking at each other".
Damascus sought a unified Syrian opposition.
The commanders of armed opposition groups making their first appearance in Geneva left largely disappointed.
"While it remains our goal to secure an agreement to move to direct negotiations between the government and the opposition, there is a moment in fact when it is more effective to have a proxy meeting like we have had this time".