Russia and US agree only on an international conference on Syria
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s three-hour conversation in Moscow Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin failed to bridge their differences but compromised on an international conference soon. At their news conference early Wednesday, Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov brushed off questions on Assad’s fate. “We are not interested in the fate of certain person but the fate of the total Syrian people,” said Lavrov, while Kerry said: “I’m not going to decide that tonight." Russia is a staunch supporter of the Syrian ruler, while the Obama administration insists he must go.