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Kerry plays down hopes of new Syria ceasefire

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry meeting earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has played down expectations of a new ceasefire agreement between Syria and Russia.

His comments come as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad discussed a "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to a Kremlin spokesman quoted by Russian news agencies.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Kerry said: "I'm not approaching this with a high sense of expectation and nothing is based on trust."


US and Russia to meet for Syria talks

The US and Russia are to meet for talks over the Syria crisis, their first meeting since bilateral ceasefire negotiations stalled.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Saturday.

A civil defence member runs through an Aleppo market which was hit by an airstrike. Credit: Reuters

The meeting between the two countries will be the first since the US suspended Syrian ceasefire talks with Russia on October 3, accusing Moscow of failing to live up to to its commitments under the previous ceasefire agreement.

Foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Iran will also take part in the talks, where discussion will centre on what further steps could be taken to get a Syria settlement.

Russian Embassy responds to Johnson's protest call

The Russian Embassy has responded to Boris Johnson's call for demonstrations by asking if this was a "new form of British diplomacy?"

The foreign secretary said he wants to see "demonstrations outside the Russian embassy" over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict.

The Russian Embassy earlier replied questioning what Britain had achieved in Syria so far.

Johnson calls for ICC procedures against Syrian war crimes

Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons. Credit: HOC

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for International Criminal Court (ICC) procedures against any war crimes - such as airstrikes against hospitals and aid workers - in Syria.

Mr Johnson told MPs that "there could be advantage in ICC procedures".

In a warning to those responsible, he said: "I would remind this House that in recent history war criminals have been successfully prosecuted decades after their offences.

"Those who are conducting this bombing and in my view culpable of these crimes should realise that the mills of justice grind slowly but they grind small."

"The only realistic solution" to the Syrian conflict is a ceasefire followed by a political solution, Mr Johnson added.

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