Ukraine Conflict: Kerry urges Russia to accelerate implementation of Minsk agreements

11:09 Jul. 15, 2016

Kerry urges Russia to accelerate implementation of Minsk agreements

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands while posing for a photo during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2016 (AP photo)

US State Department reveals details of Kerry-Putin meeting in Moscow

Boosting US-Russia military and intelligence cooperation against Islamic State and al Qaeda, efforts to restore the nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, and peaceful resolution of conflict in eastern Ukraine were on the table as Secretary of State John Kerry met late into the night on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The State Department said Kerry expressed concern about repeated violations of a ceasefire by the Moscow-backed Syrian government. It said the two also discussed the need to need to increase pressure on groups like Islamic State and the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.

Kerry "emphasized that absent concrete, near-term steps, diplomatic efforts could not continue indefinitely," a statement said.

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On Ukraine, the State Secretary urged an "acceleration of negotiations on implementation of the Minsk agreements, especially on the security elements."

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