The President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama during which they discussed the situation in Syria. The conversation took place on the initiative of the Russian side, said the press service of the Kremlin.
Putin called on Obama “to facilitate the disengagement of the moderate Syrian opposition from the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra” (banned in Russia).
“Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to increase coordination on the military side of the Russian and American actions in Syria,” — said in the message. In addition, Putin and Obama, according to the Kremlin recognized the importance of resuming inter-Syrian negotiation process under the UN auspices, which should contribute to settlement of the conflict.
In addition, Putin told Obama on the results held on 20 June in St. Petersburg, a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. It is noted that the American President gave a high assessment to Russia’s efforts to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Raised the presidency and the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. “When discussing Ukrainian topics, the Russian President reiterated the importance of strict compliance Kiev Minsk agreements of February 12, 2015, including the establishment of a real direct dialogue with Donetsk and Lugansk, the Amnesty provision of DND and LNR, the special status, the joint development of the law on local elections”, — said the press service of the Kremlin.
In a statement on the White house website says Obama in a telephone conversation with Putin noted the importance of Russian pressure on the Syrian regime to deter their attacks on civilians in Syria. The report said that Obama told his Russian counterpart that its concern in connection with the failure of Syrian troops to cease hostilities in the country. Obama also stressed the need for progress on political transition in Syria that will put an end to the conflict. He also noted the need for sustained humanitarian access, and expressed its support for the efforts of the special envoy of the UN Secretary General to Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is making progress in this matter.
In addition, Obama urged Putin to take measures to put an end to the escalation of hostilities in the East of Ukraine and stressed the importance of full implementation of the Minsk agreements, says White house.
In June 2016, the US presidential Advisor on foreign policy, Susan rice said that Washington looks forward to the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements on the Ukraine before the expiration of presidential term of Barack Obama, until 20 January 2017. “We hope that if Russia wants to resolve the crisis — and we have reason to believe that she wants — then we will be able to achieve this”, — said rice.
While Obama’s adviser stressed that not totally sure that the Ukrainian Parliament will adopt changes to the electoral law, which will pave the way for elections in that part of Donbass which are not controlled by the Kiev authorities.
On 17 June, the newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported that more than 50 employees of the US state Department dealing with various issues of Syrian policy, have signed a statement in which he expressed disagreement with the policy of the White house on Syria. Employees of the state Department called for a “targeted military strikes” against the Syrian government on the background close to the collapse of the ceasefire.
The state Department confirmed the existence of this statement, but refused to comment on it. State Department spokesman John Kirby, said that the regulations the Agency expressly prohibit retaliation against any employee who expresses their disagreement, using a special channel.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that calls for the violent overthrow of the government in Syria, which the statement says employees of the Department of state to U.S. President Barack Obama, unable to plunge the region into chaos and will not contribute to the successful fight against terrorism.