Russia is not, as Western analysts sometimes imply, resurgent or gaining ascendancy. Instead, “the country is weak and probably declining.” That doesn’t make Russia any less dangerous. On the contrary: “in many ways, Russia is a threat precisely because its weakness undermines the geopolitical pursuit at the core of its foreign policy.”
Kerry met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and with the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura. He said progress was being made toward an understanding on how to reduce the violence in Aleppo but that more work was needed.