Analysis: Syria deal offers hope, but Russia calling shots

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2016 file-pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during their joint news conference following their meeting to discuss the crisis in Syria, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday’s deal to renew a nationwide truce in Syria, open aid routes and establish a U.S.-Russian military partnership may be the best hope yet to end the brutal five-year civil war. It is also full of potential pitfalls and leaves Moscow with far more power than Washington to determine if there can be lasting peace.

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