Kerry and Putin discussed Syria, Ukraine and Savchenko


U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry at a press conference after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which lasted four hours, said that the conversation was about the situation in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the fate of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko.

Kerry naval negotiations “constructive.” He noted common position of Russia and the USA to confront the terrorists in Syria. The Secretary of state also recalled that the United States support the speedy implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Separately, Kerry expressed hope that the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, convicted in Russia, “will return to Ukraine”. “This is a humanitarian issue that must be resolved immediately,” the Secretary said. Transferred to Ukraine must be everyone who was illegally detained in Russia, said Kerry.

Thus, according to Kerry, he came to Russia to discuss not only the issue of Nadezhda Savchenko, but also to consider a wide range of issues.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, answering questions of journalists, in turn, said that the health condition of Nadiya Savchenko is under the supervision of Russian doctors.

Lavrov also said that at the meeting with Vladimir Putin, the participants agreed on several points: to continue coordination of action to secure the cessation of hostilities in Syria, to prevent the use of indiscriminate weapons, to continue efforts to ensure humanitarian access to all parts of Syria. Russia and the United States also agreed to urge all parties to the Syrian conflict to release prisoners, to intensify efforts to create conditions for a political process that should be completed arrangements for the Syrians themselves. At the meeting the parties also agreed to launch direct negotiations between the opposition and the Syrian authorities.