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John Kerry: US, Russia 'Close' on Syria Agreement

The deal being discussed includes a nationwide ceasefire and unrestricted access to humanitarian groups

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, arrive for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, May 16, 2016.

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that the U.S. and Russia are close to a deal that could end the fighting in Syria, NBC News reported.

    "Today I can say we achieved clarity on the path forward," Kerry said in Geneva, where he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have been negotiating on a way to reach a ceasefire. Kerry cautioned there is more work to do, but added, “we are close.”

    Sources close to the negotiations told NBC News the framework of the agreement being discussed includes a nationwide ceasefire and unrestricted access given to humanitarian groups.

    Still, some of those involved in the negotiations expressed concern that even if a deal was reached, it would not hold for long.