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    Putin-Kerry Talks Emphasize Need to Return to Normal Relations - Kremlin

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    Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday did not result in a major breakthrough, but both sides agreed that bilateral relations must return to normal.

    SOCHI (Sputnik) — Kerry, who is on his first visit to Russia since May 2013, met with Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov behind closed doors in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.

    "The talks were prolonged and open-minded. The atmosphere was quite friendly," Ushakov, the Kremlin aide told reporters.

    "It was certainly not a breakthrough, but at least a first sign of understanding that the two great powers must return to normal cooperation."

    "Our principal position is that bilateral [Russia-US] relations must return to normal."

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