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US gives up on working with Russia on Syria

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States announced Oct. 3 it was suspending bilateral engagement with Russia on Syria, saying there was nothing more to talk about as Russia intensified its air attacks on Aleppo.

US threatens to halt talks with Russia on Syria

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Washington has threatened to suspend US-Russian engagement on Syria if Moscow does not take immediate steps to halt a Russian-backed Syrian regime assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

US, Russia spar over terms to restore Syria cease-fire

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Diplomats held a contentious meeting in an attempt to agree on bold measures to try to salvage a US-Russia cease-fire deal in Syria after it collapsed, but failed to reach agreement.

Shaky cease-fire starts in Syria

Monday, Sep. 12, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Russia brokered a cease-fire, now in effect in Syria, which they hope will lead to an ease in the suffering of Syrians and spark "negotiated peace" discussions.

Elusive US-Russia deal on Syria may again prove out of reach

Wednesday, Sep. 7, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry had been expected to travel to Geneva to try to finalize a deal with Russia for a nationwide cease-fire in Syria this week, but hopes for concluding the accord appear once again to have been lowered.

'Window closing' on US-Russia deal on Syria

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

It seems increasingly unlikely that the United States and Russia will conclude a deal on Syria before US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in China on Sept. 4.

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