Putin, Netanyahu Agree to Coordinate Efforts to Fight Terrorism

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Kremlin in Moscow on November 20, 2013. Their talks are expected to focus on the Iranian nuclear program. Wednesday's talks in the Kremlin come as Iran and six world powers, including Russia, sat down for a new round of negotiations. Putin and Netanyahu didn't mention the Iranian issue in brief remarks at the meeting’s start before continuing the talks in private. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ôåèéï øàù äîîùìä áðéîéï ðúðéäå øåñéä ÷øîìéï
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meet in the Kremlin in Moscow in this file photo. (Kobi Gideon/GPO/Flash90)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to coordinate their two countries’ actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The two leaders discussed the Syrian crisis during their conversation.

“Vladimir Putin stressed that there is no alternative to the launch of intra-Syrian negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations, as well as to the continued and uncompromising fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups acting in Syria,” the Kremlin was quoted as saying.