Voice of America: US, Russia Talk Cooperation, but No Breakthroughs

Top U.S. and Russian officials said they hoped to work together on contentious issues such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offered no sign of concrete progress after more than eight hours of talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for more than four hours each with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss topics including the Iran nuclear talks as well as the civil strife in Yemen and Libya.

WNU Editor: I personally did not expect much from the meeting .... but Russian media is painting a "positive picture" .... US, Russia Willingness to Discuss Complex Topics Key Point in Sochi Talks (Sputnik).

More News On Today's U.S. - Russian Discussions

'We didn't come here with an expectation' that we'd be able to resolve 'one crisis or another:' Kerry returns to U.S. empty-handed after eight hours of talks with Russia's Putin and Lavrov -- Daily Mail/AP
U.S., Russia speak of cooperation but no breakthroughs -- Reuters
Kremlin says no breakthrough at Putin-Kerry meeting -- Reuters
U.S., Russia Exchange Warmer Words Without Narrowing Differences -- Bloomberg
No breakthrough between US and Russia as Kerry, Putin meet -- AP
Kerry holds 'frank' talks with Putin in bid to improve ties -- AFP
Kerry, Putin tackle U.S.-Russia policy strains in marathon Sochi talks -- L.A. Times
In Sochi, U.S.-Russia Negotiations Remain Inconclusive -- Stratfor
Kerry-Putin Meeting Hailed As Step In Right Direction -- IBTimes
Avoiding further harm to US-Russia relations ‘absolutely necessary’ – Lavrov -- RT
Kerry’s Russia Meetings Produce Little Evidence of Progress in Ukraine Crisis -- Matthew Lee, Time/AP
Kerry to Sochi: Could it lead to a 're-reset' of US-Russian relations? -- Howard LaFranchi, CSM
Russia just gave John Kerry a basket of potatoes. We have many questions. -- Amanda Taub, VOX

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