In the Kremlin meeting of Putin and Kerry

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry (left to right) during a meeting in the Kremlin

Meeting of President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry ended in the Kremlin, Interfax reports.

The negotiations lasted four hours. They also took the Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, presidential aide Yury Ushakov and US Ambassador to Moscow John Tefft.

Since the meeting with Kerry, Putin, as noted by TASS, expressed the hope that the visit of the Secretary of state will contribute to the rapprochement of positions of Moscow and Washington on key issues. Kerry himself proposed to discuss the idea of the USA on settlement of the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

In addition, Kerry thanked Putin that that has found time to meet in your busy schedule. He also expressed condolences in connection with plane crash in Rostov-on-don, during which killed 62 people. The Secretary of state also promised the President a “nice surprise” that he is in a red suitcase. “When we can talk to face to face in private, I will show that there. You will be surprised. It will be a surprise for you, a pleasant surprise,” said Kerry.

Further talks went on behind closed doors.

Kerry is in Moscow on a working visit since Wednesday. On Thursday, he also met with Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and, in particular, discussed the fate of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko. The meeting of Putin and Kerry began in the evening, the Secretary of state, promised the President a “nice surprise” that he is in a red suitcase. “When we can talk to face to face in private, I will show that there. You will be surprised. It will be a surprise for you, a pleasant surprise,” said Kerry.

The last time Kerry visited Moscow in December last year, then he met with Putin and with Lavrov.