Kerry calls Lavrov despite freeze on Syria talks

A deal envisioned by the US and Russia's top diplomats to end bloodshed and increase aid to war-ravaged Syria fell apart after Moscow and Washington failed to see eye-to-eyeSecretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart to talk about the fighting in Syria on Wednesday, two days after Washington suspended contacts on reviving a ceasefire there. US officials insisted the call to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which Kerry requested, did not represent a rapid U-turn and that “bilateral talks” on the crisis remain on hold. “Engagement remains,” US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

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