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Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Moscow, and will tell Putin that if Russia wants sanctions relief, it will have to restrict its activities in Ukraine.

Kerry is heading to Moscow next week to continue a dialogue with Putin that Obama opened at the United Nations General Assembly convening in September.

"[T]he first item on Secretary Kerry's agenda is the item that's been at the top of the president's agenda in each of his interactions with President Putin, and that simply is Russia's continued resistance to following through on their commitment to implement the Minsk agreement, that continuing to provide support and encouragement to Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine is destabilizing that country and is undermining their territorial integrity," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

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