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Kerry seeks to carve out a legacy in Middle East

Syria and Israel are top priorities

DOHA, Qatar — Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Moscow early last month, determined to involve Russia in a new push to try to end the carnage in Syria. After a 2½-hour meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, and a private stroll with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, the two sides announced that they would convene a conference in Geneva to bring representatives of the Syrian government together with the opposition, possibly by the end of May.

More than six weeks later, the Syrian opposition has suffered a stinging setback in Qusair, the Obama administration has decided for the first time to arm the rebels, relations between the United States and Russia have taken a turn for the worse, and it is possible that the Geneva meeting may never take place.

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