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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.

Kerry, Lavrov will meet to finalize Syria deal

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Aug. 26 to try to finalize a deal on Syria that has been complicated by an escalation of fighting in Aleppo.

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