Putin, Obama to discuss Ukraine, Iraq soon: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will discuss the situation in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria "in the coming days," a top aide said on Friday.

AFP| Updated: Jun 20, 2014, 16:49 PM IST

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama will discuss the situation in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria "in the coming days," a top aide said on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, Putin`s top foreign policy adviser, Yury Ushakov, did not provide further details about the upcoming phone call.

Separately, Putin will on Friday evening discuss the situation in Iraq with the conflict-torn country`s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Ushakov said, noting that the situation there "causes serious concern."

Relations between Russia and the US have sunk to their lowest since the Cold War over the crisis in ex-Soviet Ukraine with Washington accusing the Kremlin of backing a separatist rebellion.

The two have also been at loggerheads over the war in Syria where Moscow has helped prop up the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad.

Russia has blamed the latest violence sweeping Iraq on the 2003 US-led invasion of the country and said that any strikes on jihadist forces would have to be authorised by the UN.