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Kerry Calls Out Russia in Bid to Salvage Syria Cease-Fire Deal

  • ‘What kind of credibility do you have?’ top U.S. diplomat asks
  • Kerry seeks grounding of aircraft in humanitarian corridors
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a Security Council meeting on Sept. 21, 2016, at the United Nations in New York.

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a Security Council meeting on Sept. 21, 2016, at the United Nations in New York.

Photographer: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

An exasperated John Kerry called out Russia for its support of Syria’s regime amid the collapse of a cease-fire, accusing Moscow of enabling President Bashar al-Assad to violate the truce intended to let in humanitarian relief and lead to negotiations in the civil war.

Wagging his finger at Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov across the horseshoe-shaped table at the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. secretary of state Wednesday urged Russia to ensure Syria’s compliance with the cease-fire, which the pair hammered out in Geneva two weeks ago.