Lavrov said the two also discussed a possible willingness by
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to open aid corridors.
"We talked today about the possibility of trying to encourage a
ceasefire. Maybe a localized ceasefire in Aleppo," Kerry told a news
conference after talks with Lavrov and U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in
Lavrov, whose government backs Assad, said Damascus had indicated it
might provide access for humanitarian aid to besieged areas. He
specifically cited the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, where 160,000
people have been largely trapped by fighting, according to the
"We await similar steps by the opposition," Lavrov said.
The United States is pushing for a series of confidence-building
measures in the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 100,000
people, in advance of a planned peace conference in Switzerland on
(Reporting by Warren Strobel; writing by Brian Love; editing by Mark
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