WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the current situation in Syria with his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone conversation, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday.
"I know that Syria was certainly on the agenda of topics that the Secretary [Kerry] wanted to raise with the Foreign Minister [Lavrov], but I haven’t gotten a readout of that call yet," Kirby said.
Kirby noted that the telephone call was initiated by Kerry.
The US-led coalition of some 62 nations seeks to dismantle the Islamic State, which has captured vast areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate there.
Russia has been actively participating in international efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, as well as provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and military equipment to the Syrian Army to fight extremist Islamic groups.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, the United States has supported the overthrow of the Assad government, while Russia has recognized Assad as the legitimate Syrian authority.