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    Syrian Settlement: From Moscow to New York

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry rushed to Moscow to hold talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, which raised hopes that the dialogue on Syria would finally bear fruits in New York.

    The top American diplomat announced that his country’s vision for Syria is closely aligned with Russia’s, with both sides pledging to work together in resolving the crisis. They still need to decide on a mutually agreed list of terrorist organizations that will be barred from the coming talks, but the positive news is that they agreed to move forward with diplomacy in the first place.

    The most important statement to emerge from the talks was arguably Kerry’s pronouncement that – quote – “The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change.” It remains to be seen if he’s actually sincere about this, but the fact that such a previously unthought-of proclamation was uttered shows just how constructive Russia’s diplomacy has been lately.

    In a sign the ice is probably melting in US-Russian relations paving the way for getting out of Syrian deadlock both sides agreed to hold fresh meeting of world powers in New York to draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

    Dmitry Polikanov, member of board, PIR-Center think-tank(studio guest); Sean Davis, Australian political activist and originator of the #istandwithrussia hashtag; and Anton Fedyashin, Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History, Associate Professor at the American University (from Washington) commented on the issue.

    War on Terror, Syrian conflict, Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, United States, Russia
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