MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have discussed settlement of the Syrian crisis and situation with refugees in the European Union (EU), the Kremlin press service said on Thursday.
"When discussing international problems, main attention was paid to the Syrian crisis with an emphasis on necessity of observing ceasefire regime in this country," the press service said. "The Russian president noted that ensuring ceasefire is a key factor for normalizing the international situation, improving the humanitarian situation in the region, as well as an important step on the way of inter-Syrian political settlement," the Kremlin added.
"The Greek prime minister highly assesses the efforts and, in turn, informed in detail about actions taken by the European Union aimed at settling the refugee problem," the press service noted.
When exchanging opinions on relevant issues of bilateral cooperation, Putin and Tsipras confirmed their plans to strengthen mutually beneficial ties in different spheres, in particular in trade, investment and energy spheres. "It was noted that events planned for 2016 in the framework of the Year of Russia in Greece and Year of Greece in Russia," the Kremlin said adding that Putin and Tsipras also coordinated the schedule of upcoming contacts at different levels.