Russia expects Kerry to clarify U.S. position on Syria

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov looks at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov looks at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Moscow on Dec. 15

Moscow is expecting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to clarify during his visit Washington's position on Syria that is not always in agreement with international law, and will continue to try and get the U.S. to review its principle of dividing terrorists into good and bad ones.

"This is fully relevant to the Syrian problem on which Washington has been looking to secure support for the American approaches that are not always in agreement with international law. During tomorrow's talks in Moscow we are hoping to obtain necessary explanations from the state secretary. For our part, we will continue to try and get the U.S. administration to review its policy based on the desire to divide terrorists into bad and good ones," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website.

"In determining areas of our joint work with the U.S., we are guided, as we were previously, solely by our own interests, including the task of boosting our and international security," the ministry said.

"We noted more than once that Russia is open to constructive cooperation, but that is only possible under the principles of equality and mutual respect. Washington can continue for as long as it wants to persuade itself of the 'efficiency' of the sanctions against us," the ministry said.

"We are hoping for a business-like conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State on December 15," the ministry said.

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