EU officials & Turkey hail Lavrov-Kerry Syrian ceasefire breakthrough, Pentagon & UK cautious

September 10, 2016 11:31 AM

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Washington and Moscow hailed a deal reached overnight in marathon talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, calling it a breakthrough. The agreement seeks to revive the failed February ceasefire beginning on Monday in order to ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations suffering from violence. It also calls for the launch of military coordination between Russian and American forces operating in Syria.

Turkey, which ramped up its involvement in the Syrian conflict last month when it launched a ground operation against terrorist and Kurdish forces along its border, said it supported the deal and was preparing humanitarian relief for Aleppo. The city has been the focus of fighting between multiple s...

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