Topic: Protests in Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin© RIA Novosti. Dmitry Astakhov
British Prime Minister David Cameron© REUTERS/ Andrew Parsons/Handout
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MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - The situation in Syria should be resolved by means of negotiations, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed Friday, the Kremlin reported.
Putin and Cameron discussed the conflict in the Middle East country by phone on Friday.
“The sides exchanged opinions on the international agenda, focusing on the situation in Syria,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
“It was noted that with certain differences in approaches, both Russia and Britain believe a political settlement through talks is the best solution,” it said.
About 70,000 people have died in Syria since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad in March 2011, according to UN figures. Russia, along with China, has faced widespread condemnation over its refusal to approve UN sanctions against Assad’s regime.
Moscow has repeatedly stated it has no interest in seeing Assad remain in power, but is rather concerned that unilateral sanctions would create a power vacuum that would lead to more violence.
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