Russia’s Lavrov blames U.S. for holding up Syria agreement

10 Sep 2016   Russia, Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of holding up a Syrian ceasefire at talks in Geneva with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday and said the negotiations may have to be reconvened next week. “We’re thinking of maybe calling it a day, maybe meeting next week,” Lavrov told reporters waiting for a potential agreement to be announced at a news conference between the two diplomats. Asked if Russia had approved a text of an agreement, Lavrov said: “We are there, I don’t know where our friends are, but I believe it’s important for them to check with Washington.” A senior U.S. administration official said Kerry was discussing the proposals with colleagues in Washington. “Those discussions are ongoing and when we have more to say we will,” he said. Earlier, the U.S. official said two sides had made progress on proposals for a nationwide […]

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