US officials skeptical about Syrian ceasefire deal with Russia

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John Kerry meets counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Geneva despite lack of prior progress as US officials say ‘we’re not going to go on forever’ seeking a deal

US-Russian negotiations on a Syrian ceasefire have resumed in Geneva despite the absence of a breakthrough that Washington had said was necessary to make restarting the talks worthwhile.

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, held his fourth meeting in two weeks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday at a lakeside hotel, in an atmosphere US officials described as “businesslike”.

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