US President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop airstrikes against moderate Syrian rebels, says the White House.
In Saturday’s telephone call, Mr Obama stressed to Mr Putin the need to relieve the blockade of besieged parts of the war-torn country so humanitarian aid can be allowed in, according to the White House.
He also emphasised the need to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria to abide by a truce agreement struck last week, said the statement.
The Kremlin confirmed Mr Putin had a telephone conversation with Mr Obama about the Syrian war, stating the call took place at Washington’s initiative.
The Russian president stressed to his US counterpart the importance of creating a “common front against terrorism”, said the Kremlin.