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  • Secretary Kerry Meets With Russian President Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to Discuss Syria and Ukraine in Moscow

    Secretary Kerry Travels to Moscow, Russia, March 22-24, and Brussels, Belgium, March 25, 2016

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    Readout of the President Obama’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia (February 22, 2016)

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  • Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia (April 18, 2016)

    President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to share his concern over the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other. President Obama stressed the importance of pressing the Syrian regime to halt its offensive attacks against the opposition. <...> On Ukraine, President Obama urged President Putin to take steps to end the significant uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine and stressed the urgent importance of moving forward with full implementation of the Minsk agreements.  Full Text »

  • Ambassador Tefft Congratulates Ms. Zhanna Nemtsova as Recipient of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award" (March 29, 2016)

    Ambassador Tefft: "On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to extend my congratulations to Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. This prestigious and important award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment..."   Statement Text »

  • Secretary Kerry's Remarks With Russian President Vladimir Putin (March 24, 2016)

    Mr. President, let me begin by expressing the condolences of President Obama and the people of the United States for the loss of the aircraft the other day, for the crash. I believe a team from our National Transportation Safety Board is willing and ready and has traveled to try to be of assistance, and obviously, we’re prepared to be helpful in any way that we can. Mr. President, let me begin – first of all, I want to thank you for making time. I know this has been a very busy day, and we’re very appreciative for the opportunity to have a serious conversation about serious issues. It’s fair to say, Mr. President, that the serious approach that we have been able to cooperate on has made a difference to the life of people in Syria and to the possibilities of making progress on peace. Most observers thought it was impossible to achieve a cessation of hostilities, and because of the cooperation, both political and military, which we have been able to achieve with some effort, this Sunday will mark one month of the cessation.  Transcript »

  • Secretary Kerry's Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (March 24, 2016)

    SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you, Sergey, for your comments and for your hospitality. Thanks to you and President Putin for taking the time today for very serious and constructive conversations. I might say, as you heard from Sergey’s comments, it was a very expansive and comprehensive series of discussions ranging from the situation in North Korea to all of the other locations that – issues that Sergey mentioned...  Transcript »

  • Secretary Kerry's Remarks Before Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (March 24, 2016)

    SECRETARY KERRY: ...I think it’s fair to say that a few weeks ago, there were very, very few people who believed that a cessation of hostilities was possible in Syria. You and I have served as co-chairs of the Ceasefire Task Force. Russia and the United States have worked very closely together, along with our allies and countries in the International Syria Support Group, and it is undeniable that the result of that work has produced some progress. There has been a fragile but nevertheless beneficial reduction in violence – some say as much as 85 to 90 percent – in Syria. It’s also true that the cessation in hostilities has produced the first significant flow of humanitarian assistance to people, some whom haven’t seen that assistance in several years. But we both know that more needs to be done in terms of both a reduction of violence and the flow of humanitarian aid.  Transcript »

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