Putin said that he was glad of this opportunity to discuss the U.S. proposals with Kerry

MOSCOW, December 15. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin accepts U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The foreign Ministers will report to the Russian President about the results of their negotiations.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin intends to discuss with the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry U.S. proposals in the field of the Syrian settlement. He said this at the beginning of the talks with the head of foreign policy Department of the USA.

“The Minister (Sergey) Lavrov to me now reported in detail and about Your proposals, and some of the issues that require further discussion. I am very happy to meet with You and discuss all these issues,” said Kerry.

Kerry: Moscow and Washington together can do a lot

Kerry said at a meeting with Putin that Russia and the United States can do much to progress the issue of Syria.

As “Vienna 1 and Vienna 2” is a good start. And it opens a number of opportunities. It is clear that I and Mr Lavrov agreed that together Russia and the United States can do much to make progress (in the process of the Syrian settlement)

John Kerry

Kerry thanked Putin for his hospitality and for the efforts made by the Russian foreign Minister and his team in cooperation with the United States. U.S. Secretary of state recalled that the Russian President had the opportunity recently to chat with the American leader Barack Obama in new York and Paris. “Both You and President Obama expressed commitment to provide assistance to Mr Lavrov, and I, and our teams in order to develop a specific approach for solving the issues connected with Ukraine and with Syria,” he said.

From the Russian side, in addition to Lavrov, in a meeting also attended by the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, U.S. Deputy Secretary of state Victoria Nuland, special assistant to the President for Russia Celeste Wallander and the US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.

Previous Kerry’s visit to Russia took place on 12 may this year, Putin took him at his Sochi residence Bocharov stream – also after the negotiations the Secretary of state with the foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. Then the meeting is initially scheduled for 90 minutes lasted more than four hours, with part time it was held in an informal setting.