Barack Obama calls Vladimir Putin
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and discussed the ongoing situation in Syria.
White House Secretary Josh Earnest claimed that the purpose of the call was to urge Russia to influence Syria to fulfill his commitments which were made at the time of ceasefire.
Both leaders vowed to end the Syrian conflict militarily and politically and ensured the humanitarian access to all parts of the country.
The White House said “President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to share his concern over the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria between the Syrian regime and its allies on the one hand and the armed opposition on the other.”
Syria is passing from a truce and Syrian government has captured most of the militants held areas since the truce implemented.
Days before, Syrian President Assad hold elections in the country that were strongly opposed by Syrian opposition and international community.
Josh Earnest said “President Putin has publicly expressed his view that this kind of political transition is critical to both Russian and US interests in that country and in the broader region and this is an opportunity where our interests overlap and its an opportunity for the president to, once again, make the case to President Putin that he should use his influence with the Assad regime to live up to the commitments that they’ve made in the context of the cessation of hostilities.”
5 years old civil war in Syria has killed more than a quarter of million people and dispersed more than half of the population of the country.