On March 25, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Following a series of discussions with Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin, and building on a successful deployment led by President Putin in Syria, Kerry defined the key to what is needed to bring about a permanent cessation of hostilities. Secretary Kerry described his meeting with American astronaut Scott Kelly, who had just spent over 340 days in space with his Russian counterpart, Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Kerry said he spoke with the two astronauts, one American and one Russian, who were working together to study the effects of longterm spaceflight on the human body. In his remarks, Kerry presented what he encountered in his meeting with the two astronauts as a critical example of what is required to bring about collaboration in international diplomacy, bringing nations to work together in collaboration to solve common problems, and strengthening our understanding of who we are as human beings, just as we are doing on the International Space Station. Can we bring about such collaboration and peace among nations?
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