Russia seized on an off-the-cuff remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday to propose a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. But Western countries and the Syrian opposition are skeptical.
Russian President Putin said the Syrian military's successes have created conditions for "the start of a political process on a major scale." Syria's Assad said progress would be made in the Astana peace talks.
Syria's president believes his country is caught up in a much larger conflict than its own civil war. He warned that "things are going to be out of control" if superpowers engage in direct conflict.
When Angela Merkel meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi, there will be new common ground to discuss: Germany and Russia both want to save the Iran deal. Beyond that, however, there are some serious differences.
Germany's deputy foreign minister says a deadline issued to Europe by Iran to safeguard its interests in the nuclear deal needs to be debated. Iran, Germany, France and the UK will meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter.
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