US and Russia agree Syria talks

Russia and the United States agreed to put aside their differences over Syria and to try to convene international talks with both sides in the civil war to end the carnage that is inflaming the Middle East.

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United States and Russia agree to Syria peace talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry at their joint press conference in Moscow yesterday. Credit: Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin

The United States and Russia have pledged to convene an international conference later this month on Syria's civil war, setting aside more than two years of differences on how to approach the conflict.

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for more than five hours yesterday in an attempt to agree how best to move President Bashar al-Assad's regime and rebels into talks on political transition.

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