Trump and Putin discuss Syria, North Korea in phone call

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for "a little over an hour" Tuesday morning, discussing a range of pressing worldwide concerns a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a White House official told CNN.

The statement said Syria, Iran, North Korea and Ukraine were on the agenda. Putin also called for co-ordination of anti-terror efforts with the USA, the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed. Calls with Trump and leaders of other "countries in the region" are planned for Tuesday.

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times when they attended the Apec summit in Vietnam.

In a telephone call on Tuesday, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke on the latest efforts on achieving peace in Syria.

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When Assad last visited Russian Federation in October 2015, some observers remarked that Putin appeared cold to the Syrian leader.

Army chiefs from Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation discussed regional issues in Russia's coastal city of Sochi on Tuesday, according to the Turkish General Staff.

Turkey and Russian Federation, together with Iran, are the guarantor countries which brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, which led to the Astana talks that ran parallel to UN-backed discussions in Geneva to find a political solution to war in Syria.

At first, Trump gave the impression he believed Putin more than he believed the USA intelligence agencies who have accused Russian Federation of hacking Democrats' emails and spreading fake news about then-candidate Hillary Clinton. "I believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies".

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