U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (Reuters/Andrew Harnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Denis Balibouse)

RT: US Secretary of State Kerry going to Russia, set to meet Lavrov, Putin

US Secretary of State John Kerry is planning a trip to Sochi on Tuesday, where he is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The three men are to discuss the situation in Ukraine, Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

The trip has been confirmed by Russian and US officials.

"This trip is part of our ongoing effort to maintain direct lines of communication with senior Russian officials and to ensure US views are clearly conveyed," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a written statement.

WNU Editor: According to Russian media these talks are being done on the initiative of John Kerry .... which tells me that nothing has been planned. Apparently the topics will include Iran, Syria, and Ukraine .... but on these issues both sides are so far apart that I have trouble seeing how an accommodation can be reached. One thing that I have noticed about John Kerry's style of diplomacy is that he tries to set into motion discussions in the hope that the process of having talks will end up with an amicable solution. This tactic was tried last year in the Israeli - Palestinian talks .... but when the real issues came up for discussion .... these talks collapsed. I predict the same will happen with these discussions .... Russia is not going to bend, and I do not see the U.S. changing its position.

Update: The Russian media is already discounting this meeting .... Kerry's Visit to Sochi to Meet With Russian FM Lavrov 'Symbolic Itself' (Sputnik)

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John Kerry and Vladimir Putin to Hold Talks in Russia -- Time
Kerry to Meet Putin in Russia for the First Time in Two Years -- Bloomberg
John Kerry to meet with Putin in Russia -- AFP
Russia’s Lavrov, US’ Kerry agree to discuss joint efforts to settle conflicts -- ITAR-TASS
Kerry, Putin and Lavrov to hold Ukraine talks Tuesday -- USA Today
Kerry, Seeking Answers on Conflict in Syria, to Meet With Putin -- NYT
Kerry to Meet With Putin in Russia on Tuesday -- WSJ
Moscow says it's ready for dialogue with US on condition of no attempts of pressure -- ITAR-TASS

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