US, Russia in first talks since Syria deal
BALI, Indonesia (AP) - The US and Russia on Monday began their first high-level talks since sealing a deal to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons - and since the onset of an apparent warming between Iran and the West.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were meeting to discuss both issues on the sidelines of an economic summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
They will be comparing notes on progress made since they negotiated the Syria agreement last month and updating a Cold War-era nuclear safeguards agreement.
International disarmament inspectors began work on Sunday to destroy Syria's estimated 1,000-ton stockpile of chemical weapons. They're working against a Nov 1 deadline set by the United Nations last month to destroy the Assad government's capability to produce the weapons.