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    Cameron, Putin Discuss Syrian Crisis, Anti-Daesh Fight During Phone Call

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    David Cameron and Vladimir Putin discussed the political settlement of the crisis in Syria and an anti-Daesh fight.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the political settlement of the crisis in Syria and an anti-Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State fight in a phone call initiated by the British side on Wednesday.

    “The Prime Minister called the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, this morning to discuss the situation in Syria. The Prime Minister updated the President on the recent House of Commons vote and the strong mandate the UK government now has to take part in airstrikes in Syria, as well as Iraq, to target Daesh," the Downing Street said in a statement.

    According to London, Cameron and Putin agreed that both the United Kingdom and Russia should work together alongside with other international partners, to tackle the Daesh.

    “Agreeing that military action alone would not defeat Daesh, both leaders discussed the importance of a political process to deliver peace in Syria and the Prime Minister underlined the need for a government that all the Syrian people can support," the statement reads.

    The two leaders agreed on the need to cut terrorist financing channels.

    The United Kingdom has been conducting airstrikes against Daesh positions in Iraq since September 2014, as part of a US-led international coalition against the extremist group, which is prohibited in Russia.

    London launched its first strikes in Syria on Thursday and Saturday, after the country’s lawmakers approved the military campaign on December 2.

    Moscow has been carrying out a separate anti-terrorism aerial campaign in Syria since September 30, at the request of President Bashar Assad.


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