Putin discusses Syria and Ukraine with Obama in a phone conversation

The president emphasized the importance of creating a united anti-terrorist front

Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed with U.S. President Barack Obama the Syrian settlement in a phone conversation, which took place on the U.S. side's initiative, the Kremlin press service reported on Feb. 14.

"The Russian president again emphasized the importance of creating a united anti-terrorist front while giving up double standards," the report says.

"The conversation participants emphasized the need to establish close working contacts between representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and the U.S. Department of Defense, which would make it possible to conduct gradual and successful fight against ISIS [terrorist organization banned in Russia] and other terrorist organizations," the report says.

"An agreement was reached to intensify cooperation between the diplomatic agencies and other structures for the purpose of implementing the statement by the International Syria Support group adopted in Munich," the press service says.

The report says the conversation participants "on both sides gave a positive evaluation of the February 11-12 meeting of the International Syria Support Group in Munich, which confirmed the principles and provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, both as regards the humanitarian aspects and the development of the modalities of the ceasefire regime and in issues relating to promoting the launch of a real political process."

"Specifically, support of the efforts of the two target groups, on ceasefire and on humanitarian aspects, was expressed," the Kremlin press service reported.

The presidents also discussed the situation in Ukraine, primarily in the context of the implementation of the package of measures to settle the conflict, which was approved in Minsk on Feb. 12, 2015.

"Vladimir Putin said he is hoping that the Kiev authorities will finally take practical steps to promptly fulfill their obligations, including the establishment of direct dialogue with Donbass, carrying out amnesty and constitutional reform, and approving with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk the enactment of changes to the law on special status," the Kremlin press service told Interfax.

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