A meeting of the defence and foreign ministers of Russia and the US is aiming to put some diplomatic warmth into the big chill between two superpowers.
On the agenda is a range of issues including Afghanistan, North Korea and Washington’s missile defence ambitions. And a fugitive called Snowden.
“It’s no secret we have experienced some challenging moments and obviously not just over the Snowden case. This meeting remains important above and beyond the collisions and the moments of disagreements,” explained US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded: “I remember when we met John Kerry for the first time. He told me a great responsibility rests on our two countries, a lot of things depend on us. That is why we have to work as adults. This is what we are trying to do and we hope that it is reciprocal. “
The cancellation of a planned summit by President Barack Obama with President Vladimir Putin earlier this week sent relations between the two countries plummeting.
The meeting in Washington between John Kerry and his counterpart is seen as crucial for the powers in maintaining working relationships.