US and Russia open talks to narrow divisions over Syria and Ukraine

US secretary of state John Kerry has opened talks with Russia’s foreign minister in a bid to narrow divisions over how to end Syria’s civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine.

US and Russia open talks to narrow divisions over Syria and Ukraine

US secretary of state John Kerry has opened talks with Russia’s foreign minister in a bid to narrow divisions over how to end Syria’s civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine.

Mr Kerry is meeting his counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow before seeing Russian president Vladimir Putin in what are expected to be difficult discussions over the ways ahead in each crisis.

Russia and the US are at odds over the mechanics of a political transition aimed at halting the war in Syria as well as the military approach to fighting Islamic State.

On Ukraine, the two countries are split over the implementation of a February agreement meant to end hostilities between the Kiev government and Russian-backed separatists in the east.

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