Putin, Obama discuss Syria, Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation about the Syrian war and the unresolved conflict in Ukraine.

A Sunday statement said the call took place at Washington’s initiative, but didn’t specify when it occurred.

On Syria, the statement said “Both sides gave a positive assessment of the results of the meeting of the International Syrian Support Group in Munich on February 11-12, confirmed the principles and provisions of the UN Security Council resolution 2254 both in terms of humanitarian aspects and to develop modalities for the ceasefire, and in promoting the launch of a real political process.”

Putin stressed the importance of creating a “common front against terrorism” and establishing a working relationship between the Pentagon and the Russian Defense Ministry, it said.

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