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.
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
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.
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.
Russia's foreign minister managed a quip about the dismissal of the FBI director before meeting high-level US officials. Meanwhile relations between the Trump administration and Russia appeared to take on a warmer tone.
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