Contents tagged with John Kerry

  • Kerry accuses Syrian government of war crimes

    US Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Syrian authorities of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    "The indiscriminate bombings undertaken by Syrian authorities contradict international law and in many cases are crimes against humanity. They must be stopped,” Kerry said after a meeting of the "friends of Syria group" in Paris.

    According to him, the Syrian conflict, "is the most serious conflict since the Second World War".

    Kerry, along with other participants of the …

  • Kerry: Progress is being made with Russia on Syria despite Defense Department's doubts

    US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Laos, said that progress is being made in pursuing closer cooperation between the two countries in Syria, the Washington Post reported.

    Kerry hopes that Washington and Moscow will share intelligence to coordinate attacks against extremist groups in Syria. The Secretary of State also seeks to persuade the Kremlin to convince the Syrian government to focus its attacks on groups such as the …

  • Kerry and Lavrov to meet in Laos to continue dialogue on Syrian ceasefire

    The heads of the Russian and US diplomatic missions will meet in Laos to resume talks on Syria. According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, the parties will consider a plan to establish a ceasefire in the country.

    On July 22, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he intends to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Laos to continue the dialogue on Syria.

    Kerry and Lavrov will participate in the annual events of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on …

  • American officials criticize Kerry’s plan for coordination with Russia

    American officials from the intelligence and defense sectors criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for coordination between the US and Russia in Syria, The New York Times reports.

    Even though Kerry believes in possible cooperation with Moscow, many representatives from American intelligence agencies and the Pentagon are suspicious of this plan.

    According to one of the officials, it remains unclear why Kerry is confident that Russia will support the White House’s goals in …

  • John Kerry welcomed the release of Nadiya Savchenko

    The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, welcomed the release of the former Army pilot in the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Nadiya Savchenko, and her return from Russia to her homeland. In his statement, he called Savchenko’s release an important element of Russia’s implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

    Secretary Kerry called on Moscow to meet its other obligations to these agreements, namely the release of prisoners and hostages, withdrawal of troops and restoration of Ukraine’s control …

  • Kerry tells Lavrov that the US 'strongly objects' to the maneuvers of Russian aircraft over the Baltic

    US Secretary of State John Kerry held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, in which the former “strongly objected” to the maneuvers of Russian aircraft earlier this week when two Su-24s buzzed a US naval destroyer in the Baltic Sea, a State Department press release reported.

    The Russian attack aircraft reportedly made 11 passes over the USS Donald Cook on Monday. On at least one occasion, the aircraft came within an estimated 10 meters of the naval …

  • John Kerry: Sanctions will be lifted once Minsk Agreements are implemented

    US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that sanctions against Russia will be lifted on the condition that the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented by Moscow."I repeat the promise of the President of the US Barack Obama that sanctions will be lifted after the withdrawal of troops and weapons, and the restoration of the sovereignty of the Ukrainian border," Kerry said on Thursday in Moscow.According to Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov, Moscow and Washington do not disagree on …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry confirms Lavrov and Kerry discussed Savchenko case

    During a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Moscow, the two diplomats discussed the fate of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, reports Interfax. The exact results of the talks remain unknown.

     "Yes, the issue was raised," answered the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, when asked if Kerry and Lavrov discussed the issue.

    According to Zakharova, the talks between the Foreign Minister and Secretary of State …

  • John Kerry to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and Savchenko during visit to Moscow

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, where he plans to discuss the wars in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Nadiya Savchenko, who was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court on Tuesday.

    The State Department also stressed that Kerry intends to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, and will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei …

  • Moscow does not plan to discuss sanctions during John Kerry's visit

    According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, Russia will not bring up the issue of sanctions during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s upcoming visit to Moscow. If Kerry were to initiate such a discussion, however, the Foreign Ministry would welcome it.

    “We are not bringing it up [the subject of sanctions], we did not impose the sanctions. If our American colleagues wish to, of course, we will hear them, but we discuss it neither with the Europeans …