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Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough talks on Syria and Ukraine with Russia's Putin

Kerry heads to Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia for talks aimed at narrowing gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria's civil war and restoring stability in restive eastern Ukraine.

After spending last week at climate talks outside the French capital, Kerry leaves Paris on Monday for Moscow where he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Before departing, Kerry will attend a French-hosted foreign ministers meeting to compare notes on a conference of Syrian opposition figures held last week in Saudi Arabia.

Washington and Moscow are deeply divided over the political process they both agree is needed to end the war in Syria. They are also at odds over Ukraine, where Russia is supporting separatists in the east.

Updated : 2021-09-27 14:37 GMT+08:00