U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry carries his briefcase as he arrives at Moscow's Vnukovo airport in Russia, on March 23, 2016.
Maxim Zmeyev—Reuters
March 25, 2016 7:49 AM EDT

In America, we carry our own weight.

With the latest round of Syrian peace talks underway in Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Moscow Thursday to talk with one of President Bashar Al-Assad’s chief supporters — Vladimir Putin.

The discussion was to focus on matters that couldn’t be more consequential to Syrians: expanding access to humanitarian aid, maintaining the cessation of hostilities, implementing a political transition.

But before what became a nearly four-hour talk began, the Russian president — speaking during a joint appearance with Kerry at the Kremlin — provided a moment of odd levity: he was “frustrated and upset”…

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