FILE - In this June 17, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin get up to leave after their meeting in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. President Barack Obama said he was "disappointed" that Russia had granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, defying administration demands that the former government contractor be sent back to the U.S. to face espionage charges. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Russia are trying to repair deep damage to relations caused by diplomatic collisions on issues including missile defense, the crisis in Syria and the case of Edward Snowden.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart opened a high-level meeting Friday. They expressed hope that areas of cooperation could be found for the sake of international security.
Kerry allows that relations have been marred by "challenging moments."
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Russian defense minister are also part of the meeting.
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