Russian president curious what’s in U.S. secretary of state’s briefcase

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, March 24, 2016.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, March 24, 2016.

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Putin jokes that Kerry brought cash to bargain with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin asked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the contents of his briefcase at a meeting on March 24 at the Kremlin.

At the beginning of their meeting, Putin noted that the U.S. diplomatic chief carried his personal effects from the plane and suggested that he may have brought in cash to bargain with Russia.

Kerry promised to show the Russian president what is inside his briefcase once they have a “private moment.” Kerry continued, stating, “I think you’ll be surprised.”

Putin stated that Kerry is always welcome in Moscow because his visits offer chances of advancing matters on serious issues.

"We are always glad to see you," Putin said.

Kerry thanked Putin for having the time to meet with him, noting that he is aware of the Russian president's very busy schedule. Kerry said he is happy for the opportunity to have, “a serious conversation about serious issues.”

The U.S. Secretary of State is in Moscow to hold bilateral talks with Russia on Ukraine and Syria.

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