Putin, Obama discuss Syria conference over telephone: Kremlin

MOSCOW Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:03pm EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday, and the leaders discussed an internationally sponsored conference on Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The conference in Switzerland is due to start on January 22. The United States and Russia have found themselves taking opposing sides during the three-year conflict in Syria. The Kremlin said the tone of the conversation was "businesslike and constructive".

(Reporting by Thomas Grove; Editing by Mike Collett-White)

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