MOSCOW Dec 19 Russian President Vladimir Putin
told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in a phone call on
Monday he hoped the two could work together to get a resolution
for the Syria crisis as soon as possible, the Kremlin said in a
The call, which the Kremlin said was at Iran's initiative,
came on the eve of a meeting in Moscow of the foreign and
defence ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey on Syria.
Putin wants to see new Syrian peace talks involving the
Syrian government and the opposition get underway in Kazakhstan
and is trying to build support for them.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn)