ລັດຖະມົນຕີການຕ່າງປະເທດສະຫະລັດ ທ່ານ John Kerry ກຳ
ລັງຢູ່ທີ່ນະຄອນ Brussels ເພື່ອພົບປະ ກັບບັນດາຜູ້ນຳ ຂອງສະ
ທ່ານ Kerry ແມ່ນນຶ່ງ ໃນບັນດາເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ອະວຸໂສ ຂອງຕ່າງປະເທດໄດ້ທີ່ລົງຈອດຢູ່ສະ
ໜາມບິນແຫ່ງນີ້ ນັບແຕ່ພວກກໍ່ການຮ້າຍ ໄດ້ໂຈມຕີມາ. ຜູ້ສື່ຂ່າວວີໂອເອ ທີ່ເດີນທາງໄປ
ນຳທ່ານ Kerry ກ່າວວ່າ ສະໜາມບິນດັ່ງກ່າວແມ່ນຍັງຖືວ່າເປັນສະຖານທີ່ເກີດເຫດຢູ່.
ໃນລະຫວ່າງການຢຸດແວ່ເປັນເວລາຫ້າຊົ່ວໂມງນັ້ນ ທ່ານ Kerry ຈະພົບປະກັບເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່
ແບລຢ້ຽມ ຮວມທັງນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີ Charles Michel ແລະລັດຖະມົນຕີການຕ່າງປະ
ເທດ Didier Reynders ໂດຍຈະກ່າວເນັ້ນຢ້ຳ ກ່ຽວກັບການສະເໜີໃຫ້ຄວາມຊ່ອຍເຫຼືອ
ນອກນັ້ນ ທ່ານຍັງຈະໄດ້ພົບປະກັບກຳມາທິການຢູໂຣບ ທ່ານ Jean-Claude Juncker
ພວກຫົວຮຸນແຮງຢູ່ນະຄອນ Brussels ທີ່ໂຈມຕີນະຄອນຫລວງປາຣີ ໃນເດືອນພະຈິກປີ
ຂະນະດຽວກັນ ເຈົ້າໜ້າທີ່ສະຫະລັດແຈ້ງໃຫ້ພວກນັກຂ່າວຊາບວ່າ ສອງອ້າຍນ້ອງທີ່ໂຈມ
ຕີດ້ວຍລະເບີດໃນວັນອັງຄານແລ້ວ ຄືທ້າວ Ibrahim ແລະ Khalid El Bakraoui ແມ່ນ
ກັບການໂຈມຕີດັ່ງກ່າວ. ໄອຍະການເວົ້າວ່າ ການບຸກເຂົ້າໄປກວດຄົ້ນທີ່ນຳໄປສູ່ການຈັບ
ກຸມແມ່ນມີຂຶ້ນທີ່ຄຸ້ມ Jette ແລະ Schaerbeek ໃນເຂດໃຈກາງນະຄອນ Brussels ຊຶ່ງ
ເປັນຄຸ້ມທີ່ຕຳຫຼວດໄດ້ພົບເຫັນດິນລະເບີດ ທີ່ເຊື່ອງໄວ້ໃນຕົ້ນອາທິດນີ້ ຢູ່ຫໍພັກຫຼັງນຶ່ງໂດຍພວກເຮັດລະເບີດ.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Moscow Thursday that a partial cease-fire in Syria had been beneficial in reducing levels of violence there, but more remained to be done in terms of both a reduction of violence and the flow of humanitarian aid.
At the start of a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Kerry said that the cessation in hostilities has produced the first significant flow of humanitarian assistance to people, some whom had not seen assistance in several years.
Kerry said that the talks in Moscow can help bring the conflict in Syria to an end as quickly as possible. He also said he hoped for cooperation from Russia in dealing with other conflicts, namely those in Yemen and Libya and the Middle East peace process.
Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later in the day.
Kerry said he was looking forward to constructive conversations with Lavrov and Putin, adding that Russia and the United States were able to cooperate "despite differences"...in the face of this urgency to do what is necessary to meet the challenge."
In his meetings in Moscow, Kerry is also likely to discuss Tuesday's attacks in Brussels, which he has called an assault against the Belgian people and against the very heart of Europe.
A senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Kerry that the secretary views the Brussels attacks as part of the larger threat posed by the Islamic State militant group, which claimed responsibility for the bombings in the Belgian capital.
A Moment to Seize' in Syria
On Syria, the official said Kerry wants to hear how Putin and Lavrov view the current status of efforts towards a political transition away from the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The official made clear that the U.S. position remains that Assad must step down in order for there to be a viable path to peace after five years of bloodshed in Syria.
This is the first high-level, in-person meeting between U.S. and Russian officials since Moscow announced a partial withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria last week. In announcing the trip, Kerry said: "We have reached a very important stage in this process. This is a moment to seize, not waste."
The senior State Department official said now that the cessation of hostilities in Syria is going better than many expected, and since Russia is reducing its "footprint" in Syria, Kerry wants the U.S. and Russia to move forward on a political transition there. Putin has had recent conversations with Assad, the official said, and is likely to have a sense of where the process stands.
Fighting in Ukraine Drags On
On Ukraine, the senior State Department official told reporters President Barack Obama and Kerry are concerned by the recent sharp increase in violations of the cease-fire, and want to see all elements of the Minsk Agreements implemented this year.
The agreements represent a package of measures meant to reduce the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. They also authorize the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) access to monitor and verify the cease-fire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the separatist-controlled side of eastern Ukraine.
Beginning in February 2014, Russia orchestrated a military intervention and ultimately annexed Crimea a few weeks later, a move that was condemned by the international community which hit Moscow with sanctions. Russia is pushing hard in Europe for an end to the sanctions.
US Calls for Release of Nadiya Savchenko
The senior State Department official told reporters Kerry will definitely raise the issue of the jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.
Savchenko was sentenced Tuesday by a Russian court to 22 years of imprisonment. The pilot was taken hostage by Russia in 2014 and has been on a hunger strike since early March to protest the Russian criminal case against her. The State Department said it is extremely concerned about her sentence because her health is imperiled. She has reportedly endured interrogation, solitary confinement and forced "psychiatric evaluation." Kerry will again call on Russia to immediately release Savchenko and other unlawfully detained people.
Kerry began his trip Wednesday by holding a roundtable with young members of civil society at Spaso House, the residence of the American Ambassador in Moscow. This was the first time Kerry has had a chance to meet with young Russian professionals from all walks of life.
On Wednesday evening, Kerry had dinner with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier, who was also in Moscow to meet with Russian leaders. In a private session, Kerry and Steinmeier were expected to discuss the terrorist attacks in Belgium, efforts to defeat Islamic State and towards achieving peace in Syria.
Also Thursday, Kerry is meeting with NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and with American astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent one year in space. NASA has worked with Russia on transit to and from the International Space Station since retiring the last of the U.S. space shuttles in 2011.