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US keen to get back to normal in dialogue with Russia — US Secretary of State

March 25, 2016, 10:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW

John Kerry has dwelled upon the relations between Russia and the United States in an exclusive interview with TASS

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US Secretary of State John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry

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MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Washington is keen to get back to normal in its dialogue with Moscow and sees progress here, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.

"We’d like to get back to it [normal in the dialogue - TASS]. We’re making progress," Kerry said. "President Putin has been very gracious to spend time with me when I’ve come here and to work at trying to find a solution to very complicated issues. I think that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I have had a very productive relationship and we’ve been able to separate differences and work together in a very effective way," the Secretary of State said.

According to Kerry, "the United States-Russia joint effort on the ceasefire [in Syria - TASS] has had an impact." "It’s been very positive, and that’s the way we can build back to a much stronger, more effective relationship," he added.

"We’re obviously very anxious to work more effectively," Kerry said. "There are irritants in our relationship on both sides which I think both sides would like to see us be able to address. But most importantly, we all in the world face the challenge of violent extremism. And the United States, as you know, moved immediately when Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State banned in Russia) began to move through Syria and Iraq. We put together a 66-nation coalition," the Secretary of State said.

"We’re actually very pleased that Russia is concerned about that extremism and wants to fight against Daesh and other extremists," Kerry added. "So the key here is to find clarity in our definitions, make sure we’re really working effectively together without hidden agenda in a way that can rapidly destroy Daesh, push back against the violent extremism, restore peace and stability to the region," he said.

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