Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the crisis in Syria with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Putin met with Cameron early on Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg after discussing the Syrian crisis over dinner with other world leaders. The meeting comes as the Group of 20 developed and developing economies failed to bridge their divisions over US plans for a military intervention in Syria.
“The sides have once again exchanged views regarding the situation in Syria, ” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Peskov added that Putin and Cameron also confirmed their intentions to “continue working on developing cooperation on a wide variety of issues.” The rhetoric of war against Syria first gained momentum on August 21, when the militants operating inside the country and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that over a thousand people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds on the outskirts of Damascus. The Syrian government categorically rejected the accusation and said the militants had conducted the attack to draw in foreign military intervention. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has asked the Congress to back the military action against Syria. The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a resolution in this regard on September 4. The resolution now needs Congressional approval. France has expressed support for the attack on Syria, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out Germany’s participation in a military strike. The UK parliament has voted against military action against Syria.