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Obama says he was encouraged by Putin’s phone call on situation in Syria

July 15, 2015, 9:01 UTC+3 NEW YORK

According to Obama, the fact offers an opportunity to have a serious conversation on the issue

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NEW YORK, July 15. /TASS/. US President Barack Obama has said on Wednesday he was encouraged by the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin called him to discuss the situation in Syria.

"I was encouraged by the fact that Mr. Putin called me a couple of weeks ago and initiated the call to talk about Syria," Obama said in an interview with The New York Times.

"I think they get a sense that the Assad regime is losing a grip over greater and greater swaths of territory inside of Syria [to Sunni jihadist militias] and that the prospects for a [Sunni jihadist] takeover or rout of the Syrian regime is not imminent but becomes a greater and greater threat by the day," the US president said.

"That offers us an opportunity to have a serious conversation with them," Obama concluded.

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