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Kerry warns Russia against Syrian missile deal

Antiaircraft systems are called a threat to Israel

ROME — Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Russia on Thursday against selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Syrian government forces, as US officials warned that the delivery of the arms would threaten Israel and undercut efforts to reach a political agreement.

‘‘We’ve made it crystal clear that we prefer that Russia would not supply them assistance,’’ Kerry said during a news conference with Italy’s new top diplomat. ‘‘That is on record. That has not changed.’’

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