Putin to Speak With Trump on Syria After Meeting Assad in Sochi

Russian Ambassador to Israel Alexander Petrovich Shein at the President's Residence

The two presidents emphasized the need to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for a ceasefire and humanitarian access as part of efforts to end the conflict, and UN-led peace talks in Geneva, the White House said in a statement.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, arriving in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, warmly embraced his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, nearly resting his head on the Russian president's shoulder.

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Turkish, chiefodf staff HulusiAkar met with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Russia's Sochi late Tuesday ahead of a trilateral summit scheduled on Wednesday between the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey.

The Syrian president asked Moscow to prevent foreign interference in the said political process, although the Russian statesman favored the participation of the United Nations in this new stage, sources from the Kremlin said.

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Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he was planning to call Qatar's leader following their meeting, according to a statement on the Kremlin website.

The Kremlin said Putin also called for co-ordination of anti-terror efforts with the U.S. Afghanistan was also discussed, the Kremlin said.

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Trump and Putin spoke informally several times when they attended the Apec summit in Vietnam. Putin added that Russian Federation has offered to host the Syrian Congress on National Dialogue in Sochi. If Erdogan decides to proceed with his plans on the military operation in Afrin, it may create an additional trouble- spot in a war-torn Syria and create an influx of refugees.

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