In a surprise move, Syria's foreign minister says the country would be ready to put its chemical weapons under international control. That proposal came from Russia and has introduced new uncertainty into diplomatic proceedings.
In a joint statement on Syria, the US president and his Russian counterpart have agreed to fight "IS" extremists together. At a regional summit, the leaders also denied claims of Moscow interference in the US election.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have held talks to stop the fighting in Aleppo. But Moscow is unlikely to do any deals until US President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
The United States and Russia's head diplomats met in Rome Friday to work towards ending fighting in Aleppo. The two sides will continue discussing the conflict in Aleppo on Wednesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is known as professional and tough. These are important qualities in Russia during times of crises. Now, he is reaping the fruits of his labor.
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