Kerry warns Assad regime and allies against exploiting truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attend a meeting in Paris on March 13, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies including Russia against exploiting the fragile ceasefire in Syria for their own means. “If the regime and its backers think they can test boundaries, diminish their compliance in certain areas, or act in ways that call into question their commitment to the cessation — without serious consequences for the progress we have made — they are mistaken,” Kerry said after talks with his European allies in Paris. Kerry described comments by his Syrian counterpart that removing President Assad would cross a “red line” as an attempt to disrupt the peace process.

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