Putin ready to work with U.S. on resolving Syrian conflict

Friday, 18 December 2015 - 10:48


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he was prepared to work more closely with the United States and its next president to resolve Syria's 4-year-old civil war.

Putin said he was convinced Washington was prepared to "move toward settling the issues that can only be settled through joint efforts."

The two countries are at odds over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a longtime Russian ally who Putin supports. President Obama, however, has called for Assad to step down as the first move toward a political solution for the war.

The Russian leader was speaking in Moscow as part of his end-of-year news conference for Russian and international press. The annual event held since 2008 is known for its wide-ranging and often colorful comments by the president. Thursday's conference lasted over three hours.

Putin said Russia and the U.S. were in agreement that any solution in Syria must be a political one. "There is a plan and it coincides with the American plan," he said, before noting that both the U.S. and Russia favored drafting a new Syrian constitution and elections.

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