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MOSCOW, March 1 (Itar-Tass) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday had a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Barrack Obama, the Kremlin press service reports.
“They discussed bilateral relations and a number of urgent international problems. The conversation was constructive. The sides stressed fundamental importance of Russian-U.S. interaction for global stability,” the Kremlin press service said. Both presidents said they were ready to work actively to develop mutually-beneficial bilateral cooperation in all spheres.
Vladimir Putin focused on the need to build up trade and economic ties between Russia and the United, whose level, as he said, is below the potential of both countries.
The Russian and American leaders agreed to closely cooperate on ‘hot’ international subjects such an armed conflict in Syria, the Middle East, Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs as well as U.S. plans to deploy the elements of its missile defense system in Europe.
“Vladimir Putin called for the earliest cessation of hostilities in Syria. The presidents ordered Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to continue active contacts with an emphasis on launching possible new initiatives aimed at reaching a political settlement to the Syrian crisis,” the Kremlin press service said.
Both presidents pledged to avoid steps that could have a negative impact on the Russian-American relations.
Putin confirmed that he was inviting Barrack Obama to pay an official visit to Russia. The heads of state agreed to hold a bilateral meeting linked to the forthcoming G-8 summit in Northern Ireland.