Russian, Kazakh presidents discuss bilateral cooperation, Syria over phone: Kremlin

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/18 23:06:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, have held a telephone conversation to discuss bilateral and regional cooperation, as well as peace talks on the Syria crisis, the Kremlin said Saturday.

"Mr. Putin and Mr. Nazarbayev considered pressing issues of the bilateral and regional cooperation, including certain aspects of preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Bishkek," the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council is the highest body of the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russia-led regional economic bloc aiming to optimize the flow of goods and services among its members.

The two leaders also coordinated the schedule of short-term bilateral contacts at various levels, the statement added.

In addition, Putin and Nazarbayev exchanged opinions on the results of the third round of intra-Syrian talks, which took place in the Kazakh capital of Astana on March 14-16, the Kremlin said, without giving further details.

The Astana peace talks closed without progress after rebels boycotted the meeting. Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to hold the next meeting in Astana on May 3-4.

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