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US urges Russia to work jointly to solve global problems — Kerry

October 22, 2014, 16:14 UTC+3 BERLIN
Kerry said the US doesn't seek conflict with Russia but rather wants to cooperate in solving vital global issues
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US Secretary of State John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry


BERLIN, October 22. /TASS/. Despite the conflict in Ukraine, the United States seeks to work jointly with Moscow to solve issues of global importance, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

Germany’s DPA news agency quoted Kerry as saying the US doesn't seek conflict with Russia, but rather wants to cooperate in solving vital global issues.

Kerry made the statement following talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. The visit marks next month‘s 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Steinmeier, in his turn, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to make every effort to comply with the Minsk agreements.

"The Ukraine conflict is so combustible that it still threatens the peaceful order in Europe ... Our responsibility is to prevent a new division of Europe developing," Steinmeier told journalists at the press conference.

The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners during talks mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on September 5 in Belarusian capital Minsk two days after Putin proposed his plan to settle the situation in eastern Ukraine.

The ceasefire took effect the same day but reports say it has occasionally been violated.

Earlier this week, the Human Rights Watch said the Kiev forces used cluster munitions in residential areas of eastern Ukraine's Donetsk in early October 2014, which may amount to war crimes, the organization said.

Russia's position on relations with the US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday said the current cooling of relations between Russia and the United States is bound to last. According to him, Russia’s relations with the United States “have seen a major and deep decline.”

The minister, however, noted that straightening out Russia’s relations with the United States and the European Union has no sound alternative.

“We proceed from the assumption that straightening out relations between us and the European Union, just as between us and the United States, has no alternative,” Lavrov said, addidng that it's crucial that the other side should develop the same understanding.

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