Kerry to Travel to Russia to Meet With Putin

Meeting to held in the city of Sochi.

Kerry, Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

MOSCOW (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Russia on Tuesday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks aimed at mending relations driven to new post-Cold War lows by disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.

It will be Kerry's first trip to Russia since the start of the Ukraine crisis and only his second since taking office.

Kerry will meet Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the U.S. State Department said Monday.

Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement that it hopes Kerry's visit will "normalize bilateral relations on which global stability largely depends."

Ukraine has served as the main source of discord in dialogue between Moscow and Washington