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Sarah Lain is a research fellow in Russia and Eurasia studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. The opinions expressed in this article belong to the author.
(CNN)John Kerry has said he feels like he is in a "parallel universe" when he listens to Russia, given that the gap between what Moscow says has happened and the facts of reality have so often been mismatched in Syria.