The Syria crisis is increasingly appearing as a priority to the Russian President Vladimir Putin who recently contacted Britain's David Cameron to re-start talks on finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, a statement from Cameron said on Monday.
The Russian president phoned Cameron to congratulate him on his re-election as prime minister and the two agreed that Syria talks should resume, a spokeswoman from Cameron's office said.
The move though corresponds with many analysts views that Putin will play a decisive role in the future of Syria with some speculating that he wants to move President Bashar al-Assad aside to bring the opposition parties to talks which could end the 4 year war.
Many experts, even those who sympathize with the Syria president, are beginning to think that the Syrian regime's army can no longer keep opposition fighters and IS at bay. A recent article in a leading western journal quoted many top military officers in the army who said they have become despondent and lack will to fight since priority has been given to militias and Hezbollah on the battlefield. Regular soldiers are disillusioned, they say, which explains why Palymra fell; some, like those in this video clip, are acting defiantly against Assad by posting video clips of barrel bombing – knowing full well that the Syrian president regularly denies on international TV that such a practice exists.
Yet, despite the Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah just recently pledging more of his fighters to the Syrian conflict, a political solution brokered by Cameron and Putin could be something that even the Shiite movement would adhere to, given that past peace negotiations have failed to resolve a crisis in which Islamic State (IS) militants have seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in a 4-year civil war that has killed 220,000.
"Both leaders agreed that it is in the interest of both the UK and Russia to help find a solution to the civil war in Syria and particularly to stop the rise of ISIL," another term for IS, a spokeswoman said.
"They agreed that their national security advisers should meet to restart talks on the Syrian conflict."
The two leaders also spoke about Ukraine, where fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists have killed thousands over the last year.
Cameron said they would "continue to have deep differences" on the war, in which Russia denies supporting the rebels with weapons and troops.
The Conservative leader, re-elected in May, said that the priority was to enforce a February peace deal agreed in Belarussian capital Minsk.
Cameron concluded the phone call by noting British and Russian cooperation on working for a nuclear deal on Iran.
The British leader expressed home that the two countries "could find other issues where the UK and Russia could work together on matters of mutual interest" in the years ahead, the spokeswoman said.
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