Putin calls Assad to discuss Syrian peace moves

November 14, 2013 5:42 PM

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Putin calls Assad to discuss Syrian peace moves

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad by phone in their first talks in more than two years, praising his readiness to send delegates to peace talks and destroy chemical arms, the Kremlin said.

An official statement gave few details of the conversation on Thursday between Assad and Putin, whose support has helped the Syrian government avoid tougher international sanctions and avert U.S. military strikes.

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