US Secretary of State John Kerry is seen as a proponent of positive US - Russia relations (photo:dpa)

US Secretary of State Kerry aims to improve strained relations with Russia

John Kerry’s appointment as US Secretary of State heralded hopes that a thaw was possible in America’s chilled relations with Russia after the reset policy initiated by the White House four years ago failed to live up to expectations. But it looks as though it will take more than Mr Kerry’s appointment to reset the reset.

ANY HOPE that the appointment of John Kerry as US Secretary of State would spark closer ties between Russia and the States is already being dashed.

Russia gave an outwardly favourable nod to the news that the US Senate had confirmed John Kerry as new Secretary of State on January 29, 2013.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
In his confirmation hearing, Mr Kerry also expressed that he ‘would like to see if we can find some way to cooperate’
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