Putin calls Saudi king to discuss Syria conflict

Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about finding a solution to the Syria crisis on Saturday, just two days before he is due to address the UN on the issue, the Kremlin said.

In a telephone conversation at Russia’s behest, the two men “exchanged views on regional security matters, first and foremost, in the context of finding ways to settle the conflict in Syria”, a statement posted to the Kremlin’s website said.

He will also meet US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the gathering, their first formal talk in two years.

 

 

Iraq agrees to share intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria

CNN)Iraq says it has reached a deal to share intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria.

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday for the first time in nearly a year to discuss Moscow’s plans in Syria.

Russia has sent aircraft, tanks and missiles into the war-wracked country, according to the Pentagon.

The United States had also been watching intelligence indicators that the Russians might be setting up some type of operation in Baghdad to coordinate their efforts with Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian elements.

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