Over the past months, the United States and Russia appeared to be in rift over several issues, including both countries’ commitment to global denuclearization and on Syria. But things got a little lighter and tension appeared on a low level now that presidents of both countries had talked things out over the phone.
Both the White House and the Kremlin confirmed the Monday’s call, which was initiated by US President Barack Obama to reach out to Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to an official statement from the Kremlin, the call centered on the current situation in Syria, which both countries’ gave commitment in maintaining peace in the region.
“Mr Putin stressed the need for the moderate opposition to distance themselves swiftly from ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, and to close Syria’s border with Turkey, from where fighters and arms supplies for the extremists make their way in,” the Kremlin reported.
On Syria conflict, which Russia and the U.S have both pushed for a ceasefire, the two world leaders, both agreed to enhance their cooperation in building up cooperation in the region. Both presidents also agreed to intensify their intelligence cooperation to ensure lasting peace in Syria.
On the White House side, it was revealed that the two presidents, both agreed to stop all attacks from both parties in a bid to restore peace in the region. Apart from Syrian conflict, the ongoing issue in Ukraine was also raised during the call, the report added.
“President Obama stressed the importance of pressing the Syrian regime to halt its offensive attacks against the opposition. President Obama also stressed that progress on these issues needed to be made in parallel to progress on political transition to end the conflict in Syria,” the White House said in a statement.
It can be recalled, speculations that the relationship between the nations has been severed with the current situation in Syria. It was further brought to an unprecedented level when Putin ditched this year’s Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington late last month.