U.S., Russia meet in Geneva on ways to secure Aleppo ceasefire

A man rides a bicycle near damaged ground in the rebel held besieged al-Sukkari neighbourhood of Aleppo

Senior U.S. and Russian officials held talks on Wednesday aimed at agreeing on how to separate al Qaeda-linked militants from rebel fighters in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo so as to pave the way for a ceasefire. Michael Ratney, the U.S. special envoy for Syria, led Washington’s delegation while Moscow sent military experts whose names were not released. It was not clear if the talks would continue on Thursday. The Russians and Americans were joined by officials from regional powers such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, but not Syria’s ally Iran which was not invited, a Western diplomat said. Read More