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    Kerry’s Trip to Moscow Focused on ‘Resuscitating’ Ceasefire in Syria

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    The objective of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s mission to Moscow is to breathe new life into the Syrian ceasefire, US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing on Wednesdasy.

    WASHINGTON, July 13 (Sputnik) — On Monday, the State Department announced that Kerry would visit Moscow on July 14-15 to hold talks on Syria, the Ukrainian crisis and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Russian officials.

    "Secretary [Kerry] is traveling to Moscow and he has been very clear about what the goal is — and that is to try to resuscitate the cessation of hostilities [in Syria]," Toner stated.

    Kerry is also going to Russia to get support for a process that can lead to a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, and to ask Moscow to apply more pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to refrain from targeting opposition forces, Toner noted.

    The US and Russian governments, Toner added, are discussing ways to coordinate efforts to better identify terrorist groups in Syria.

    US media reported earlier in the day that Kerry might propose a US-Russian joint mechanism to share information and synchronize operations against terrorist groups in Syria.

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