John Kerry initiated a call to Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, to discuss his concern about the increased Russian investment of arms into Syria, which could escalate the war in Syria. They will continue that critical discussion later when they meet in September in New York. How they will deal with ISIS is still uncertain.

1. Concern over Russia’s military in Syria

Secretary John Kerry initiated a call to his Russian counterpart about Russia’s involvement in Syria.

2. Read the Full Story in Yahoo News

The United States expressed concern to Moscow on Saturday about what it called reports of an imminent and enhanced Russian military buildup in war-torn Syria.

Washington made its views known in a telephone call from Secretary of State John Kerry to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the State Department said.

“The secretary made clear that if such reports were accurate, these actions could further escalate the conflict, lead to greater loss of innocent life, increase refugee flows and risk confrontation with the anti-ISIL coalition operating in Syria,” the State Department said.

In his call with Lavrov, Kerry discussed “US concerns about reports suggesting an imminent enhanced Russian buildup there,” the department said. Yahoo

 

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