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US, Russia agree to increased diplomacy on Syria

11 Mai 2017

Ukraine: Ukraine was conspicuously absent from both the White House and the Kremlin readouts of the call.

But the leaders appeared to again be edging toward closer cooperation following Tuesday's call.

The White House statement said Washington will send a representative to Syrian cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday and Thursday.

While news of renewed peace talks and potential headway with safe zones is encouraging, the president's phone call with Putin did not seem to result in any immediate progress. That meeting was nearly certain to happen anyway, but the White House version of the phone call made no mention of a future meeting. It was not clear whether Trump's phone call would dovetail with the Putin-Merkel talks in any way.

Germany seems willing to strengthen relations with Russian Federation at a time when there's a new administration in the White House. But military leaders have warned that significant American resources would be required to safeguard the regions.

Merkel pushed Putin at a frosty encounter to ensure a ceasefire in war-torn east Ukraine, but the Russian leader laid the blame on Kiev for a European-brokered peace deal hitting a dead end. But Russia's ongoing support for Assad has been a persistent roadblock.

The call on Syria came a day before a new round of cease-fire talks that the USA will attend in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Trump and Putin also talked about Syria, although the issue of an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Damascus government which was used to justify the cruise missile strike was not touched upon.

Trump, who spent months touting the prospect of warmer ties with Putin, declared after the strikes that the relationship between the USA and Russian Federation "may be at an all-time low".

Another contentious issue between the two countries is the allegation that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by spreading false information in the media.

The FBI and two congressional committees are investigating whether Trump's campaign coordinated with Russian Federation as it meddled in last year's presidential election.

"With that being said, I'll go along with Russia", Trump said. They blame it for dropping bombs containing the nerve agent Sarin during an attack last month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, eager to carry the defense of Western values that until January was Washington's calling card, brought up all of the above in her meeting with Putin in Sochi earlier on Tuesday.

Fighting and suffering in Syria have gone on "far too long", Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin agreed in a "very good" telephone conversation.

US, Russia agree to increased diplomacy on Syria