Syria's deputy foreign minister is currently in Moscow for talks over UN peace plans. And UN envoy Laktar Brahimi will fly to Moscow on Saturday. But for now, there's little sign of peace on the battlefield in Syria.
The UN Security Council has held an emergency session at Russia's request. The meeting followed an ultimatum issued by Kyiv to pro-Russian militants to cease the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
The tension over Ukraine has all but buried the chance of peace in Syria. The Syrian people, still being massacred every day, are paying the price for the awkward stalemate between the West and Russia.
A standoff continues in eastern Ukraine following the passing of a deadline set out by Kyiv for pro-Russia militias to vacate government buildings. Rebels have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them.
The United Nations has said its top negotiator will visit key regional power Iran, seeking a Syrian peace deal. Ban Ki-moon called on the US and Russia "to take clear steps to re-energize the political process."
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