US, Russia fail to reach agreement on Syria truce: State Dept
The United States has confirmed top American and Russian diplomats have failed to reach an agreement over easing the fighting in Syria.
Another round of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov were held on Monday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, but it ended without producing a tangible result, according to a senior State Department official.
Kerry and Lavrov also met on Sunday but the two officials could not reach an agreement on ending the years-long conflict in Syria.
The US side blamed Moscow for reversing its position on the issues it thought were settled. "Russians walked back on some of the areas we thought we were agreed on, so we are going back to capitals to consult,” an America diplomat said.
The two sides had already mentioned that they are still at odds over certain subjects. A thorny issue is a new cease-fire deal in Aleppo.
The northern city has been the scene of fierce battles between government forces and foreign-backed militants.
The Syrian army has inflicted heavy losses on the militants and the United States and its allies are trying to find a way to prevent the total defeat of the terrorists there.