“These countries, which broach [such claims], can place a mirror in front of themselves to see their past in it and then decide what countries are responsible for the region’s [current] grave situation.”
The foreign and defense ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey met in Moscow on Tuesday, agreeing to broker a peace talks between Bashar Al-Assad and rebels, with plans to expand Aleppo’s ceasefire to other parts of Syria (New York Times). The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was not invited to the trilateral talks and the United Nations was not consulted on the matter. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry had conversed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart by phone and that Kerry expressed skepticism the new efforts would succeed. The trilateral talks took place the day after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara.