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The visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow was prepared on both sides with greater meticulousness than usual. Despite President Barack Obama's "reset" policy, a number of hot topics, not to say disputes, appeared between the two countries, chiefly since Vladimir Putin has re-become the President of the Russian Federation one year ago.
Most importantly, Syria clearly constitutes the main bone of contention between Mr. Obama who supports the anti-Assad rebels and Mr. Putin who supports the Assad regime. So far, all this has led to a nightmare situation which has been turning increasingly out of control now that the two-year-old confrontation shifted to an all-out spiral of sectarian violence. Mr. Kerry's visit was to find out what the two countries could agree on as regards Syria.
With his counterpart Sergey Lavrov, "we have agreed that as soon as is practical, possibly and hopefully by the end of this month, we will convene - seek to convene an international conference as a follow-on to last summer's Geneva conference," Mr. Kerry said.
Though the international community welcomed the bilateral move, DiploNews believes that decisive steps could only be taken when Mr. Putin meets his US counterpart at the 39th G8 summit which will be held in Northern Ireland on June 17-18, unless something unexpectedly shortens the fragile Kerry-Lavrov accord.
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