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>> The US and Russia back at the table to talk Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry, arriving at the Swiss city Lausanne to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, as well as delegates from key Arab nations. Chief on the agenda, how to bring peace to Aleppo.>> The outlook is not particularly optimistic that they can achieve a deal.
In fact, it's a surprise that this meeting is happening at all.>> Reuters' Christian Lowe says the US is broadening efforts to end the civil war after abandoning one-on-one talks with Russia this month. Since the collapse of a short lived ceasefire, Moscow has ramped up its air campaign on rebel held parts of Aleppo, raining down bombs on buildings, killing hundreds.
But Christian Lowe says there's a glimmer of hope in the form of Turkey.>> There's been a fundamental change in the last few days and weeks between Russia and Turkey. Russian president, Vladimir Putin, met the Turkish leader in Istanbul last week and they came out of a meeting saying that they agreed on the need for a humanitarian deal in Aleppo.
Given that that is happening, this relationship between Turkey and Russia could force a deal.>> Diplomats though are playing down expectations. A US official says the talks are unlikely to produce a major announcement and Lavrov has said he does not plan to bring any new proposals.