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Putin, Obama discuss Syria by telephone

July 18, 2012, 22:56 UTC+3
President Obama presented his condolences over the devastating flood in the Kuban region that caused numerous civilian casualties
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, July 18 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday had a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barrack Obama,” Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told journalists, adding the initiative had come from the American side.

“President Obama presented his condolences over the devastating flood in the Kuban region that caused numerous civilian casualties,” Peskov said.

Putin and Obama discussed the situation in Syria in the context of the U.N. Security Council debate on the draft resolutions on Syria. Both noted the situation was aggravating.

“On the whole, the exchange of opinions showed convergence of the general assessment of the situation in Syria and the settlement’s ultimate goal,” Peskov went on to say.

He said that the Russian and U.S. presidents agreed to be in close contact on the Syrian issue.

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