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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the crisis in Syria, September 9, 2016.

    White House Would Welcome Success of US-Russia Talks on Syria Settlement

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    The United States would welcome a positive outcome of talks underway between the top US and Russian diplomats toward a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – He asserted that much of the credit for such progress would go to Secretary of State John Kerry.

    “We obviously would welcome this development," Earnest told reporters, referring to a peaceful settlement. "If that occurs, it won't be some sort of accident or coincidence. It will be a product and result of tough diplomacy.

    On Wednesday, Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of a meeting in Hamburg, Germany of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and discussed a possible settlement for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

    The two diplomats continued the discussion by phone on Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced.

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