“Spoke at length today with FM Lavrov about Syria and Ukraine. Productive dialogue with important partner”, Kerry tweeted on March 24.
Earlier today, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that the officials discussed the release of Nadiya Savchenko. As is known, the Ukrainian fighter pilot was found guilty in the murder of two Russian reporters in Donbas in June 2014, as well as the illegal crossing of the Russian border. The court ruled that Savchenko will serve her time in a standard regime penal colony.
Before the negotiations that took place in the Russian capital on March 24, the U.S. Secretary of State claimed that the fragile ceasefire in Syria demonstrated certain progress. He added that he’d like the situation to calm down and more humanitarian aid to be delivered to Syrian civilians.
Kerry also intends to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The U.S. Secretary’s goal is to find out whether Russia is ready to discuss how to topple Bashaar al Assad’s regime. The official will also urge Russia to put pressure on pro-Kremlin mercenaries in eastern Ukraine so that they adhere to the ceasefire in Donbas.