Kerry tells Putin U.S., Russia share common interests in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday the United States and Russia share common interests in Syria, including promoting regional stability and preventing the spread of extremism.

At the start of a meeting in the Kremlin, Kerry told Putin that U.S. President Barack Obama believed the two nations can cooperate on Syria, Iran, North Korea and economic issues.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Alexei Anishchuk, Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Timothy Heritage)