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Putin stresses that hostilities in Yemen should be immediately stopped - Kremlin

March 26, 2015, 19:52 UTC+3
Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have exchanged opinions in a phone conversation
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MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have exchanged opinions in a phone conversation about the sharply escalated situation in Yemen, the Kremlin reported Thursday.

"The Russian side stressed the necessity to immediately stop hostilities and boost efforts, including in the UN, to work out variants of peaceful solution to the conflict," it said.

Since August 2014, Yemen has been hit by a severe political and security crisis. In late January, the armed groups of Ansar Allah (Houthi rebels) forced the president and the government to announce resignation.

The rebels later took control of the country’s capital and several northern provinces. They also announced the adoption of the so-called constitutional declaration.

Overnight to March 26, Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in the neighboring country and delivered air strikes at several Houthi positions.

Pro-government forces on Thursday regained control of the Aden airport.

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