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Russia Says Syria Cease-Fire Deal Close But Blames U.S. Delays

  • ‘It takes five hours for our friends to check with Washington’
  • U.S. says ‘we are still discussing it in Washington’
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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a potential Syria cease-fire deal was getting closer in Geneva but expressed frustration that Secretary of State John Kerry was waiting for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration to sign off on the compromise.

“It takes five hours for our friends to check with Washington,” Lavrov told reporters Friday after hours of talks. Asked if he and Kerry had agreed on the text of an accord, Lavrov said, “We are there. I don’t know where our friends are.”