After a contentious two-and-a-half hour meeting with colleagues in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said they would meet again Friday in a bid to find a way forward. But frustration over recent developments, including the Syrian military’s announcement of a new offensive in Aleppo, suggested that chances were slim for success. “We can’t go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don’t,”"U.S., Russia work to revive ceasefire in Syria"
Syrian government forces and their Russian allies launched a major new offensive on opposition-held areas of Aleppo on Friday, bombarding the city with dozens of airstrikes and threatening to launch a ground invasion. A video shot by a witness showed buildings burning after an airstrike on the Mwasalat neighborhood in the eastern part of the city. The bombing Thursday night and Friday morning shook the ground and made streets impassible, according to anti-government activists in"Assad and Russian Forces Bombard City, Today in Aleppo Syria"
Russian Su-34 bombers, additionally equipped with air-to-air missiles, have set out on their first mission in Syria, said Igor Klimov, spokesman for the Russian Air Force. “Today, Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers have made their first sortie equipped not only with high explosive aviation bombs and hollow charge bombs, but also with short- and medium-range air-to-air missiles,” Klimov said. “The planes are equipped with missiles for defensive purposes,” he added. The missiles have target-seeking devices and are"Russia arms Su-34s with air-to-air missiles in Syria for 1st time"
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama met on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris on Monday. The presidents discussed a number of issues, including the Syrian crisis and the situation in Ukraine. The talks were “eventful” and lasted for some 30 minutes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. “Obama expressed regret over the incident with the Russian plane which was downed by the Turkish air force in Syria,” Peskov said, adding"Obama talks to Putin in Paris, expresses regret over downed Su-24 jet in Syria – Kremlin"