Secretary of State Kerry tells Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia and the U.S. can work together to make progress to end the war in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Russia has already voiced concerns over Syria. Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement complaining that Washington was not ready to fully cooperate in the struggle against Islamic State militants -- and that it needed to rethink its policy of "dividing terrorists into good and bad ones". As they sit down, Putin speaks of the challenges ahead. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "You know that together with you we are searching for solutions to the most serious crises. I know that after our meeting in Paris, the American side has prepared its vision of how to resolve a range of issues, including the Syrian crisis." Kerry is cautiously optimistic (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "I think there is no question, Foreign Minister Lavrov and I have agreed that together, the United States and Russia have an ability to be able make significant difference here." Kerry is hoping the meetings will prepare the ground for a third round of talks on Syria, set for Friday in New York.