US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, and has again been forced to turn to Russia for help - with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.
At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential to the fight against the Islamic State group.
Secretary of State John Kerry has appealed once more to his Russian counterpart for assistance in containing and reducing the violence, particularly around city of Aleppo.
Kerry is due to arrive in Switzerland later Sunday for talks with a U.N. envoy and the Saudi and Jordanian foreign ministers.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) isn't expected to be in Geneva, complicating Kerry's efforts to make the case directly to the Russians.