Kerry-Lavrov rapport smoothed path to Syria deal
GENEVA (REUTERS) - The deal between the United States and Russia on Syrian chemical weapons was due in no small part to the labours of foreign policy veterans with contrasting styles: Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
While their bosses, presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, get on poorly and can stoop to point scoring, the two ministers have what diplomats like to call "a good working relationship".
"We've had our differences here and there on certain issues," Mr Kerry said of recent tensions that have brought US-Russian ties to some of their lowest points since the Cold War.
Throughout it all, "Sergei Lavrov and I have never stopped talking," Mr Kerry told a news conference on Saturday when he announced the Syria agreement after nearly three days of round-the-clock negotiations.