Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to intensify diplomatic and other cooperation to implement an agreement on Syria struck at talks in Munich, the Kremlin said in a statement following phone talks between the two leaders 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 Putin and Obama on Sunday, the Kremlin said that both gave a “positive evaluation” to the meeting on Syria in Munich on Feb. 11-12.
“In particular, support was expressed for efforts of two target groups: for cease-fire and humanitarian aspects,” the Kremlin said.
The Kremlin added that during the talks, the need to establish close working contacts between the Defense Ministries of Russia and the U.S. was underlined, which would allow them to “successfully fight the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations.”
The Kremlin also said that Putin spoke with Obama about the importance of creating a united antiterrorism front. They also discussed the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.