Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced during a news briefing that Russia had invited 1,600 Syrian public figures to the Syrian National Dialogue Conference that’s set to be held in the Russian city of Sochi on January 29-30, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The United Nations, regional and international players were also invited by Russia to the upcoming Sochi conference as observers, according to Zakharova. The spokeswoman noted that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will participate in the conference. Zakharova also revealed that representatives of the Syrian Kurds had been invited to Sochi conference, without clarifying if those “representatives” are from the US-backed Democratic Union Party (PYD) or other Syrian Kurdish parties. Later, Badran Jia Kurd, adviser to the PYD-led Democratic Federation of Northern Syria told Reuters that the federation didn’t receive a formal invitation to the Sochi conference and stressed that the federation will not attend the confrence even if it is invited because of the Turkish attack on the Afrin area. The PYD-led federation was not invited likely due to pressure from Ankara that considers the PYD a branch to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), that’s recognized by Turkey as a terrorist group. different Syrian groups are expected to discuss the future presidential and parliamentary elections in Syria as well as the country’s new constitution during the Sochi conference that will likely be held for a day or two only, according to Russian officials.