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Putin, Netanyahu agreed to continue contacts for peaceful settlement of Syrian crisis

May 14, 2013, 16:29 UTC+3

“Together we are seeking to find the way to strengthen stability and security,” the Israeli prime minister said

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SOCHI, May 14 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to continue contacts for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.

“We have been discussing very much the problems of regional security. The situation in Syria causes special concern,” Putin noted. “We agreed with the prime minister to continue our contacts, personal ones and those between special services,” he said.

Putin noted that he and Netanyahu reached the common understanding that “the continuation of the armed conflict in that country (Syria) is fraught with the most malign consequences for Syria and for the whole region.”

“Only the soonest end to the armed conflict and the transition to a political settlement can prevent a negative scenario,” the Russian president said. He noted that in this responsible period of time it is particularly important to avoid any actions, which can shake the situation.

The Israeli prime minister confirmed that that the leaders of the countries had “detailed talks on the situation in the region.” “Together we are seeking to find the way to strengthen stability and security, we have a perfect opportunity to talk directly with each other,” the Israeli prime minister told reporters on the results of the negotiations.

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