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    Kerry: US 'Never Articulated Plan B' for Syria if Ceasefire Fails

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington has not "articulated a Plan B" for Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United States "never articulated" an alternative plan for solving the Syrian crisis should the current cessation of hostilities fail, US State Secretary John Kerry said.

    "Well, we haven't ever articulated a Plan B. People have talked about the possibility of a Plan B, obviously, if plan A fails. But nobody has laid out the elements of that plan at this point in time. There's been some public speculation about it," Kerry told the CTV television network in an interview released late on Wednesday.

    In February, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. The ceasefire took effect on February 27. The agreement does not apply to groups operating in Syria that are designated as terrorist organizations by the United Nations.

    Even before the ceasefire was implemented, Washington had expressed skepticism about the successful implementation of the agreement, warning that violations would likely occur that may necessitate reverting to a Plan B for Syria that could include the partitioning of the country.

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