Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama discuss Syria agreement

Leaders agree to co-operate over implementation of Munich agreement on Syria fighting

Mr Obama spoke with Mr Putin by telephone to discuss the implementation of an agreement agreed at the International Syria Support Group in Munich. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Mr Obama spoke with Mr Putin by telephone to discuss the implementation of an agreement agreed at the International Syria Support Group in Munich. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed to intensify diplomatic and other co-operation to implement an agreement on Syria struck at talks in Munich, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

Major powers agreed on Friday to a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. The pause is due to begin in a week’s time .

After phone talks between Mr Putin and Mr Obama on Sunday, the Kremlin said that both gave a “positive valuation” to the meeting on Syria in Munich.

“In particular, a support was expressed to efforts of two target groups: for ceasefire and humanitarian aspects,” the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin added that during the talks, the need to establish close working contacts between Russia’s and US defence ministries was underlined, which would allow them to “successfully fight the Islamic State and other terroristic organisations.”

The Kremlin also said that Mr Putin spoke with the US president about the importance of creating a united anti-terrorism front. They also discussed the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.