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Peskov about talks with John Kerry: we did not want to talk about sanctions – he started it

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, says that the issue of sanctions at yesterday's meeting of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov in Sochi, was raised by the American diplomat.

Peskov about talks with John Kerry: we did not want to talk about sanctions - he started it

During yesterday's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue of U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation. It was told by Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the Russian media.

"As for the topic of sanctions, yes, it was discussed. It was raised not by the Russian side," said Peskov.

Meanwhile, the speaker for Russian President noted that "this issue is still not an issue on our agenda."

Before the talks, Peskov said that the topic of the meeting was quiet broad, and the politician would not focus on the sanctions.

During his visit to Russia, John Kerry, the head of the U.S. Department of State, presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a scroll with spiteful remarks of the Russian media, as a symbol of the fact that the relations between their countries "need improvement."

After the meeting of the Russian and American delegations in Sochi, headed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the head of the Department of State held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On his Twitter, John Kerry succinctly described the talks with Russian President and Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation: "Had frank discussions with President Putin & FM Lavrov on key issues including Iran, Syria, Ukraine."

The U.S. representative said that sanctions could be lifted only after the implementation of Minsk agreements by the Russian side.