VOA: Kerry in Moscow Seeking Russian Cooperation in Syria
MOSCOW — John Kerry is visiting Moscow in an effort to secure Russian cooperation in anti-terror operations in Syria, despite a breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations over Ukraine, NATO and other issues that have left both sides simmering with distrust.
The secretary of state's two days of talks with the Russians are formally expected to touch on a wide range of issues; but, leaked reports first published by The Washington Post suggest the U.S. diplomat is offering Putin something dramatic: a U.S.-Russia military alliance against Islamic State, al-Qaida and other extremist groups in Syria.
Prior to departing for Moscow, Kerry declined to elaborate, but noted he would be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as his Kremlin counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.
“We’ll have plenty of time to talk about it,” said Kerry.
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