Putin and Obama ready to increase military coordination in Syria: Kremlin
Relations between Russia and the United States have been strained by disagreements over the conflict in Syria.world Updated: Jul 07, 2016 01:09 IST
President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed over a phone call to increase coordination of military action of both the countries in Syria, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
Relations between Russia and the United States have been strained by disagreements over the conflict in Syria, where Moscow and Washington are backing opposing sides in the civil war.
The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin had used the call to urge Obama to aid the separation of the “moderate” opposition in Syria from the Nusra Front and other “extremist” groups.
It said the phone call took place on the initiative of Russia and that both sides had also stressed the importance of United Nations-brokered peace talks restarting.
Aside from Syria, the Kremlin statement said Putin and Obama discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh and Ukraine conflicts.
Putin reiterated the Minsk peace agreements on Ukraine must be fulfilled by Kiev and said Russia wanted a peace process over Nagorno-Karabakh to progress.
There was no immediate comment from Washington on the Putin-Obama phone call.
First Published: Jul 07, 2016 01:09 IST