Aleppo fighting

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday about renewed fighting and air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a break of several days, the State Department said.

Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry discussed the situation in Syria in a phone call and agreed that experts from several countries meeting in Geneva would continue searching for ways to resolve the Aleppo crisis, the State Department and Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.

Mr Lavrov told Mr Kerry the US must fulfil its obligation to separate moderate opposition groups from “terrorists” in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The geographic proximity between moderate Syrian rebels and groups considered terrorist by Russia and the US was one factor in the failure last month of a ceasefire negotiated by Moscow and Washington.

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