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Moscow calling: Putin and Obama talked just before NATO summit

Moscow calling: Putin and Obama talked just before NATO summitRussian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama discussed the Syrian war and the conflicts in Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call on Wednesday. The Kremlin statement said the phone call took place on the initiative of Russia.

Relations between Russia and the United States have been strained by disagreements over the conflict in Syria, where Moscow and Washington are backing opposing sides in the civil war. President Obama stressed the importance of Russia pressing the Syrian regime for a lasting halt to offensive attacks against civilians.

The two leaders also discussed the conflicts in Ukraine. Obama urged Putin “to take steps to end the significant uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine” and stressed the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, the White House said.

Putin argued that Ukrainian government needs to follow the 2015 Minsk peace deal by launching a dialogue with the rebels, granting a special status to rebel regions and preparing local elections there.

Both Presidents ended their conversations with reminding each other of the importance of "moving forward with full implementation of the Minsk agreements".
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