Army chiefs discuss de-escalation zones in Syria

Army chiefs discuss de-escalation zones in Syria

Army chiefs discuss de-escalation zones in Syria

On the phone call, the Kremlin said the US and Russian presidents also discussed Trump's criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal, unrest in Ukraine, and counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

The leaders discussed various disputes involving North Korea, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, according to a Kremlin statement. Calls with Trump and leaders of other "countries in the region" are planned for Tuesday.

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 Russian president said a resolution of the Syrian political crisis must be based on the principles of preserving sovereignty, territorial integrity and the independence of Syria.

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"On the 20th of November talks took place between the president of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the president of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad, who was in Russia on a working visit", the statement said.

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times when they attended the Apec summit in Vietnam. Putin also called for co-ordination of anti-terror efforts with the US, the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed.

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.

In parallel with the UN-backed Geneva process, the Astana talks guaranteed by Russia, Iran and Turkey have led to the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria.

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