White House: Trump and Putin Had 'Very Good' Conversation on Syria

By today, the two presidents have had no personal meetings but spoke with each other over the phone several times.

Berlin and Moscow said Tuesday's talks agenda also includes preparations for July's G20 summit in Germany.

Putin called for restraint and efforts to bring down tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

He said Merkel would assure Putin that sanctions against Moscow could be lifted quickly if Moscow demonstrated its resolve to implement the Minsk agreement. On these, the Trump administration appeared completely silent.

The US military action sparked new tensions between Washington and Moscow, with top American officials sharply condemning Mr Putin's continued support for embattled Syrian leader. He has praised Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey on a controversial referendum win, described North Korea's Kim Jong-un as a "pretty smart cookie" and invited Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines to the White House.

Trump accused Bashar al-Assad regime of carrying out the chemical attack, while both Russian Federation and Damascus have denied the Syrian government role in the barbaric chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people.

In the American assessment of the call, the two leaders talked about potential resolutions in Syria - where more than a half-million people have died since the civil war there began in 2011.

Russian Federation condemned the United States attack on a Syrian air base last month and briefly suspended a line of communication with the U.S. military set up to avoid collisions between the two countries' air forces over Syrian air space.

Meanwhile, FBI and congressional investigations continue into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation and Russia's interference in last year's USA election.

Mr Putin has denied claims of Russian interference in foreign polls, while Mr Trump has called the allegations of collusion a "hoax". Among the sticking points for the two nations are disagreements over Syria, Ukraine, and Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. "I don't know." The president said "it's very hard" to say who was behind a hack without catching the hacker "in the act".

"We have to acknowledge that all previous peace efforts have failed", Erler told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, noting that neither the United Nations initiative led by diplomat Staffan de Mistura nor the Russia-brokered cease-fire had led to tangible results. USA intelligence agencies have assessed that Russian Federation was behind the hacking.

  • Leroy Wright