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U.S., Russia work on Syria truce

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 01:40

The United States and Russia will work in the next few days on a deal to curb fighting in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Syria, a country engulfed in war for more than five years. As blasts claimed by Islamic State killed dozens across the Arab nation Monday, the U.S. and Russia will work over the next next few days on a deal to curb the fighting. As the G20 meeting wrapped up in China - U.S. President Barack Obama said he hoped to fiorge an agreement with Russia (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Given the gaps of trust that exist, that's a tough negotiation, and we haven't yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work, but my instructions to Secretray Kerry and Mr. Putin's instructions to Mr. Lavrov was to keep working at it over the next several days." Russian President Vladimir Putin also weighed in. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "It seems premature for me to talk about any details of our agreements. But I hope very much that in case the agreements are reached - and I have grounds to believe that they will be reached in the nearest few days - we can say that our joint work with the United States in fighting terrorist organizations including the ones in Syria would be significantly improved and intensified." A U.S. official said Obama and Putin also discussed getting humanitarian aid into the country -- and cooperating on combating militant groups. But no agreement to end the fighting yet -- with U.S. officials stressing they would walk away if a pact could not be reached soon.

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U.S., Russia work on Syria truce

Monday, September 05, 2016 - 01:40