The Scotsman cartoon: Russia-US Syria deal

Illustration: Brian Adcock

Illustration: Brian Adcock

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Russia and the United States yesterday agreed a new push to negotiate an end to Syria’s civil war as they discussed a plan to destroy President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met to work on Moscow’s disarmament proposal. However, Washington remains sceptical and Mr Kerry has said US military action is still possible to punish Mr Assad for a poison gas attack in rebel territory last month.

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US and Russia united over fresh Syria drive

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