US-Russia Talks Over Syria End Without Breakthrough

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International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi and envoys from Russia and the United States—backers of opposing sides in Syria's civil war—failed to make a breakthrough in talks on Friday seeking a political solution to the conflict.

"We stressed again that in our view there was no military solution to this conflict," Brahimi said in a joint statement read out after his closed-door talks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.