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Kerry seeks common ground with Putin on Syria

Published on May 7, 2013 11:22 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday sought to narrow differences over the conflict in Syria with President Vladimir Putin, urging the Russian strongman to find common ground to help end the bloodshed.

Mr Kerry is making his first trip to Russia since taking over as the chief US diplomat in February, one of his most diplomatically delicate missions to date.

Washington has long urged Moscow, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, to use its sway to halt the bloodshed, accusing Russian leaders of continuing to arm the Syrian regime.

"The United States really believes that we share some very significant common interests with respect to Syria," Mr Kerry told Mr Putin at the start of talks in the Kremlin.

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