Obama: Hopeful About Talks with Russia over Syria
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama says he's hopeful Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland can "yield a concrete result" on Syria.
Kerry opened two days of meeting with his Russian counterpart in Geneva Thursday. The two hope to settle on the outlines of a plan to secure and destroy Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles.
Obama made his remarks at the beginning of a meeting with members of his Cabinet at the White House.
The U.S.-Russia talks offer a potential path to avoid U.S. strikes against the Syrian government for a chemical attack on civilians last month that the U.S. blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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