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Russia: John Kerry arrives in Moscow for talks

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1. W/S motorcade entering Moscow SCRIPT: Russia: John Kerry arrives in Moscow for talks John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for his first visit to Russia as US secretary of state. His trip comes amid growing tensions over the Syria conflict and increased cooperation in light of the investigation into the Boston bombings, where the suspects had ties with Russia. Kerry is due to meet President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss these and other issues, including North Korea, European missiles defence systems, Iran and the situation in the Middle East. The US and Russia have had a tense dialogue over Syria, with Washington remaining insistent that President Bashar al-Assad cannot be part of any transition government. Moscow meanwhile has criticised growing external influence over the conflict, with spokesman Alexander Lukashevich recently expressing concern over the growing possibility of armed intervention in Syria by Western powers. Cooperation between Moscow and Washington is more evident in counter-terrorism operations, especially in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. The US State Department says Russian authorities have been "very cooperative" in helping the FBI over the investigation