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Russia won't confirm Kerry meeting with Putin

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's another indication of the strained relationship between Russia and the United States.

Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia on his first visit to the country since relations soured over disagreements on Ukraine and Syria. And while the State Department says Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov tomorrow, the Kremlin says there's no confirmation yet that Putin will attend.

The State Department said Kerry will meet with Putin and Lavrov at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

In addition to Ukraine and Syria, a spokeswoman says the talks will also focus on the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the group of nations known as the P5+1 -- Russia, the United States, Germany, Britain, France and China.

After his brief stop in Russia, Kerry will travel to Turkey for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers and return to Washington for a summit of Gulf Arab leaders that President Barack Obama is hosting at Camp David.

Kerry last visited Russia in May 2013.

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