Obama thanked Putin for help in freeing the U.S. citizen in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with U.S. President Barack Obama. This is stated in the press service of the head of state.

In the Kremlin, stressed that the conversation took place on the American initiative. The leaders “thoroughly” discussed the situation in Syria, confirming the intention to contribute to the consolidation of the ceasefire and ensuring humanitarian assistance.

During the conversation, Obama thanked the Russian leader for the provision by the Russian side assistance in the release in Syria of an American citizen Kevin daws.

Putin especially emphasized the necessity of distancing the Syrian rebels from banned in “Russia” of the “Islamic state” and “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” and urged to overlap the border of Syria with Turkey in connection with the infiltration of militants and arms supplies to extremists.

The leaders agreed to increase coordination of countries in Syria, including special services and defense agencies. This will be worked out additional measures to respond to violations of the truce.

During the conversation, Putin and Obama also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine. The Russian President voiced hope that Kiev will begin to take concrete steps for the implementation of the Minsk agreements, taking into account the formation of the new government.