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The U.S. and Russia Have Unfinished Business

Jul 15, 2016 | 01:38 GMT
The U.S. and Russia Have Unfinished Business
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) is in Moscow for talks on a range of issues. With only six months left in office, the Obama administration is running out of time to find a breakthrough in relations with Russia.
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After months of lobbying by Russia for serious talks on several issues, the Americans sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Moscow. Kerry arrived on Thursday for talks with his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, and President Vladimir Putin amid a flurry of U.S. media reports regarding greater U.S.-Russian cooperation. The U.S. delegation seemed more prepared for the Lavrov-Kerry talks than the Russians did, unloading large binders onto the negotiation table compared with the Russians' handful of papers. These signals suggested the United States was there to negotiate, while the Russians were waiting to see what the Americans brought to the table....

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