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Sec. Clinton to meet Russian Foreign Minister. Syria the hot topic

The Obama administration is hoping for signs from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia is open to considering a new draft resolution regarding Syria the US began circulating at the UN last week.

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Syria and prospects for US-Russia relations under a second Vladimir Putin presidency will top the agenda when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the United Nations in New York Monday.

The Obama administration is hoping for signs from Mr. Lavrov that Russia – which has already vetoed two Security Council resolutions in the past six months aimed at halting Syria’s deadly civil conflict – is open to considering a new draft resolution the US began circulating at the UN last week.

More broadly, Secretary Clinton will dip her toe into the recently agitated waters of Washington-Moscow relations to gauge the temperature for addressing issues of interest to both countries, ranging from missile defense and arms control to Afghanistan and Iran.

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