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Kerry Says U.S. Still in ‘Pursuit of Peace’ in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Tuesday that Washington was still seeking peace in Syria, but said it had dropped ceasefire talks with Russia because of "outrage' over Moscow's support for the regime.

Kerry accused Moscow of turning a "blind eye" to the use by President Bashar Assad's forces of weapons including chlorine gas against rebels and civilians in Syria.

"I want to be very, very clear to everybody, we are not giving up on the Syrian people, we are not abandoning the pursuit of peace," Kerry said in a speech in the Belgian capital Brussels.

"We are not going to leave the multilateral field, we are going to continue to try to find a way forward in order to end this war", including through the United Nations or through smaller groups of countries...

But Moscow blamed the United States for the agreement's collapse, saying Washington had never been able to separate rebels on the ground from the jihadist group Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate.

Source: National News Agency