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John Kerry

How Obama and Putin can find a way forward on Syria

The following editorial appears on Bloomberg View: Mutual distrust, conflicting goals and a lack of personal chemistry may not be the best foundation for a productive relationship, but for Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, they'll have to do. Any end to the violence in Syria depends on cooperation -- not to be confused with agreement -- between the U.S. and Russian presidents. So it is a small but encouraging sign that their meeting on Monday was "genuinely constructive," according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who also said Obama and Putin agreed that Syria should remain a single, secular state. Kerry is scheduled to meet Wednesday with his Russian counterpart,...