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U.S. and Russia to resume talks over Syria

U.S. and Russia to resume talks over SyriaU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will discuss ways to resolve the Syria crisis at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Saturday.

The State Department's spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that Kerry would discuss a "multilateral approach" to ending the crisis, "including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption of humanitarian aid deliveries."

Russia had earlier said that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would meet with Kerry in Lausanne. It would be the first meeting between the two since Washington cut off bilateral contact with Russia on Syria following the collapse of a cease-fire last month.

The meeting was expected to include foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Iran. The U.S. State Department said Kerry had called for the meeting and would attend, but declined to say what foreign ministers other than Lavrov had been invited or would attend.

The Syrian and Russian governments blamed their foes for breaking the ceasefire and said they target only militants in Aleppo, the last major urban stronghold of the Western-backed rebels, where more than 250,000 people are trapped under siege.
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