US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Cheap Marcus Mariota Jersey , on August 26, 2016 Wholesale Tennessee Titans Hats , as they met in Geneva for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria Geneva - Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached Wholesale Tennessee Titans Hoodies , US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday.
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments after the marathon talks at a luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva.
"Today I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward" for a revamped cessation of hostilities, the top US diplomat said.
He added that the "vast majority" of technical obstacles to a ceasefire had been agreed but that some issues remained unresolved.
Lavrov echoed his American counterpart Wholesale Tennessee Titans Shirts , telling reporters that "very important steps" had been made on a deal to stop the violence.
There had been hopes of a definitive announcement to stem the fighting in the war-ravaged country or on a new round of UN-brokered peace talks.
Kerry explained that US and Russian experts would continue to meet in Geneva in the coming days to pour over a set of unresolved issues in hopes of striking a durable deal.
He stressed though that "neither of us is (ready) to make an announcement that is predicated by failure -- we don't want to have a deal for the sake of a deal."
A previous ceasefire agreed earlier this year has all but collapsed, and Kerry acknowledged that "violations (of the deal) eventually became the norm rather than the exception."
Moscow and Washington support opposite sides in the Syrian conflict Wholesale Tennessee Titans Jerseys , which erupted in March 2011 after President Bashar al-Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown against a pro-democracy revolt.
Russia is one of Assad's most important international backers while the US supports Syria's main opposition alliance and some rebels.
Kerry on Friday listed two main priorities to ensure that a prospective revamped ceasefire holds: responding to ceasefire violations by the Damascus regime and checking the rising influence of the former Al-Nusra Front.
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