Collapse of U.S.-Russia diplomacy on Syria: Kerry confers with Lavrov about Syria, Ukraine, North Korea - RFE/RL

11:02 Oct. 6, 2016

Kerry confers with Lavrov about Syria, Ukraine, North Korea - RFE/RL

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and United States Secretary of State John Kerry talk during a meeting of the International Syria Support Group, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York (AP Photo)

The phone conversation was organized at the request of the U.S. side, Russia's Foreign Ministry said

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart resumed discussions on Syria on October 5, despite a U.S. decision earlier this week to suspend direct talks with Moscow on trying to end the conflict.

Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by phone about Syria, Ukraine, and North Korea. The State Department said the chat was outside the engagement that Washington put on hold just 48 hours earlier due to continued Russian bombardment of the besieged city of Aleppo.

"It would be irresponsible for us, given what's happening in Aleppo, not to touch base with Foreign Minister Lavrov periodically," spokesman Mark Toner said.

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