Kerry speaks with Russian counterpart ahead of Moscow visit

March 16, 2016 8:00 PM

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Kerry speaks with Russian counterpart ahead of Moscow visit

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to his Russian counterpart on Wednesday ahead of his upcoming trip to Moscow, a call expected to touch on the 5-year-old conflict in Syria and the cessation of hostilities there, the State Department said.

Responding to questions about reports that Syrian Kurds are preparing to announce a federal system in northern Syria, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington would not recognize any self-ruled, semi-autonomous zones in Syria.

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