Kerry is meeting with Putin after 'comprehensive' talks with FM Lavrov
Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding talks with Secretary of State John Kerry at the Kremlin, following the US official's talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which the president said were "comprehensive."
Russia and the US are seeking solutions to the most critical crises together, Putin said at the start of the meeting, adding that he "is happy for the opportunity to meet and talk."
"Today you've had comprehensive talks at Russia's Foreign Ministry,” Putin said to Kerry. “Minister Lavrov has reported to me in detail on your proposals and on some issues that require additional discussions. I'm very happy with the opportunity to meet with you and talk."
Kerry thanked Moscow for cooperation on issues like the Syrian conflict, saying that Russia and the US can work together to make progress resolving the crisis.
"With regard to Syria, together the United States and Russia have the ability to make a significant difference," he said.
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, the White House National Security Council's senior director for Russia Celeste Wallander and US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft are also present at the Kremlin meeting. On Russia's side, Sergey Lavrov and Putin's aide Yury Ushakov are also in attendance.
This year, Kerry has already paid a visit to Putin in Russia. In May, the two met at the Russian president's Sochi residence. That meeting was originally planned for some 90 minutes, but lasted for over four hours.
The meeting between Lavrov and Kerry is their 20th so far this year.