Obama, Putin Agree to Cooperate on Syria Agreement

The two presidents gave 'positive valuation' to last week's international talks on the Syrian civil war, the Kremlin says.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura speak at international talks on Syria in Munich on Feb. 12, 2016.
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REUTERS - 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 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 valuation" to the meeting on Syria in Munich last week.

"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 U.S. defense ministries was underlined. Such contacts would allow them to "successfully fight the Islamic State and other terroristic organizations."

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