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Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad (left) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015. Assad, on his first foreign visit since Syria's war broke out, told his main backer and counterpart Putin in Moscow that Russia's campaign in Syria has helped contain "terrorism." (Alexey Druzhnin/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad (left) during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 20, 2015. Assad, on his first foreign visit since Syria's war broke out, told his main backer and counterpart Putin in Moscow that Russia's campaign in Syria has helped contain "terrorism." (Alexey Druzhnin/AFP/Getty Images)
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Russia announced Wednesday that the country's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, will meet Friday in Vienna with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and their counterparts of Turkey and Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation in Syria.

This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad of Syria met Tuesday in Moscow in what is evidently the first time the Syrian president has left the country since civil war broke out in 2011.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Nicholas Burns, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, for his take on what this means for the U.S. and the fight against ISIS and Assad.

Guest

  • R. Nicholas Burns, former U.S. ambassador to NATO and former under secretary of state. He’s now a professor of diplomacy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He tweets at @RNicholasBurns.

This segment aired on October 21, 2015.

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