FLASHBACK 2014: Inside Obama Administration’s Secret Outreach to Russia "They meet often, often without any staff members present, and talk on the phone regularly."

[Bloomberg] President Barack Obama's administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia. ... Kerry has been the point man on dealing with Russia because his close relationship with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represents the last remaining functional diplomatic channel between Washington and Moscow. They meet often, often without any staff members present, and talk on the phone regularly.