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Chuck Hagel

Kerry seeks Syria answers in new call with Russian FM

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday made his third phone call to his Russian counterpart in the last 10 days, the State Department said, seeking to clarify the intent of Moscow's military buildup in Syria, and warning that ongoing aid to President Bashar Assad will only prolong the Syrian conflict. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry called Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry "made clear that Russia's continued support for President Assad risks exacerbating and extending the conflict, and undermining our shared goal of fighting extremism if we do not also remain focused on finding a solution to the conflict in Syria via a genuine political...