Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov attends talks in Munich as Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attended talks at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, as Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, despite major powers agreeing on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria. Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the "cessation of hostilities" in Friday's agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad's government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power. If implemented, the deal hammered out during five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. It was described by the countries that took part as a rare diplomatic success in a conflict that has fractured the Middle East, killed at least 250,000 people, made 11 million homeless and sent hundreds of thousands fleeing into Europe. But several Western countries said there was no hope for progress without a halt to the Russian bombing, which has decisively turned the balance of power in favour of Assad.