John Kerry to meet Vladimir Putin for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives to the Russian Federation to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

This is his first visit to the Russian Federation since May 2013. The US Secretary of State didn’t come to Russia because the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea and supported pro-Russian terrorists in Eastern Ukraine.

Marie Harf, state department state department Acting Spokesperson, announced in the Daily Press Briefing:

“Secretary of State John Kerry will travel on May 11th to Sochi, Russia, where he will meet with President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and other Russian officials on May 12th to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues, including Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. The Secretary will then travel on to Antalya, Turkey to consult with allies and partners gathered for a meeting of the NATO foreign ministers on May 13th”

Marie Harf said about the meeting in Russia:

“This is part of our ongoing effort to maintain open lines of communication on these issues where we agree and where we disagree.”

One of the most urgent topics to discuss is the Ukrainian crisis:

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