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Russia casts doubt on Syria ceasefire deal as army gains ground

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While world leaders meet in Germany for a Security Conference, fighting shows no signs of letting up in Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.

As fighting rages on in Syria, doubt is growing over a newly formed ceasefire plan.

At the Munich Security Conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was asked the odds of the deal being put in place by next week.

“Forty-nine.”

His assessment comes as Syrian forces backed by Russian Air Strikes continue to advance near Aleppo.

Those air strikes received heavy criticism at the conference — coming from his American counterpart John Kerry.

“To date, the vast majority — in our opinion — of Russia’s attacks have been against legitimate opposition groups. And to adhere to the agreement that has been made, we think it is critical that Russia’s targeting change.”

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev defended his country’s involvement in Syria, saying they are trying to protect their national interests.

“We are fighting there because a lot of the militias fighting there are from Russia and they would otherwise return to us to carry out terror attacks. But these people must stay there. Civilians are not affected.”

The complex, multi-sided civil war has killed more than 250,000 people and sparked a humanitarian emergency.

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