A year ago Obama called Putin to discuss the US “pacifist” intervention in the Ukraine civil war. Now, Putin was the first to call Obama.
The purpose of the phone call was to review the Ukrainian crisis and the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin will further discuss implementation of these agreements.
The presidents even discussed the spread of influence by the “Islamic State” group in the Middle East. This issue will be further discussed during a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Bilateral relations, exchange of opinions on Syria and the issue of the Iranian nuclear programme were also discussed during this phone call.
But the actual reason behind this phone call to Obama is unfamiliar. The only explanation could be that Putin called Obama in order to discuss Russia’s interest in Assad regime and when and how Putin gets involved.
Prior to the phone call, it has been reported that refugees from Iraq’s Sunni province blame Americans for their current state because the US is providing ISIS with weapons and food.
Theories of Americans backing the Islamic State are so common that they present a problem for the US and allies to rebuild Iraqi forces that will be able to reclaim the reign from Islamic State.
Putin and Obama may have discussed what each of them can give in return – Russia keeps Assad and it won’t bail out Greece together with China and won’t place a Russian naval base in Piraeus next to the brand new Chinese military base, which are right in the middle of a NATO country.