Putin, Obama discuss Syria in phone call: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) spoke over the phone with US President Barack Obama about the situation in SyriaRussia’s President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Barack Obama held frank talks on Syria amid US concern over Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria days before a ceasefire deal is due to take hold. Putin took the call from Obama and both sides “gave a positive evaluation” of the results of talks in Munich last week, according to a Kremlin statement, which called the exchange “frank and business-like”. The Russian leader reiterated that a united anti-terrorist coalition was needed in Syria, where Moscow has led an aerial campaign to support the regime’s ground operation since September.

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