Hopes of accord between Obama and Putin focusing on reduction in airstrikes fade as Syrian troops resume siege on parts of Aleppo
Hopes that the US and Russia could reach agreement on a joint initiative to tackle Islamic State and stem the violence in Syria’s brutal civil war have suffered a setback after the US said Russia had retreated on some issues it believed had been settled.
The US Department of State had said it was hopeful that the US president, Barack Obama, and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, would reach an understanding at the G20 summit taking place in China. But on a day that saw Syrian government troops resume their siege of the city of Aleppo, a planned joint press conference between the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, was cancelled. The agreement would have been the culmination of long-running talks between the US and Russia in Moscow, Washington and Geneva.
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