John Kerry in Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

    John Kerry in Moscow for tough Syria, Ukraine talks

    Dec 15, Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow for talks to narrow gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria's civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine.

    After spending last week at climate talks outside the French capital, Kerry arrived early Tuesday in Moscow, where he is due to have meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    The US and Russia have long disagreed on what role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should play in the process.

    Ahead of the talks, the Russian foreign ministry attacked US policy, accusing Washington of "dividing terrorists into good and bad ones,” news reports said.

    Russia has been carrying out air strikes it says target Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria, but the US accuses Russia of bombing moderate rebels to shore up its ally President Assad. Moscow denies the allegations.

    A US-led coalition has been targeting IS militants in Syria since September 2014 and does not co-ordinate its raids with the authorities in Damascus, according to BBC news.

    The Oslo Times


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