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Points of contact of Putin and Obama2012-06-19 14:01
As reported by the BBC, at the summit of G-20 major economies in Los Cabos, Mexico, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. President Barack Obama found a lot of "points of contact" on many international issues, including Syria.
"We have talked about international issues, including Syria, and found many points of contact", the Russian leader said, noting that contacts on all directions will be continued.
Following the meeting, Putin and Obama signed a joint statement. A six-page document contains the positions of the two countries on regional issues such as Syria, Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.
In particular, the heads of the Russian Federation and the United States stressed the need to provide the people of Syria with the possibility to choose the path of its further development. "We are convinced that the Syrian people should be able to independently choose their own democratic future", the document says.
Putin and Obama have called for an immediate end to violence and respect for the plan of the settlement of situation in the country proposed by the UN special envoy Kofi Annan, the edition reported.
They also expressed their willingness to cooperate to resolve regional conflicts. "In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence and express our full support to the efforts of the UN and the League of Arab States special envoy Kofi Annan, including the process towards a political transition to a democratic, pluralistic political system, which would be exercised by the Syrians within the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria", the statement runs, the Rosbalt reported.
Putin and Obama also demanded Tehran to fully comply with the obligations to the UN Security Council and the IAEA. "Recognizing the right of Iran to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, we agree that it should make a serious effort to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program", the document says. "For this Tehran must fully comply with the obligations under the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors, as well as to cooperate with the IAEA to immediately resolve all outstanding issues".
Putin and Obama agreed to continue joint efforts to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "We hope that the DPRK won't make actions that lead to an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula", the Russian and U.S. presidents underlined in the statement.
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama also reaffirmed their readiness to contribute to the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking in Afghanistan. They recognized that was "a key point for international efforts to strengthen security and support economic development in this country, as well as fighting drug trafficking".
According to the Lenta.ru, Russia and the United States will continue to work on missile defense. "We have agreed to continue the joint search for solutions to problem areas in the field of missile defense", said in a statement.