When exchanging opinions on the Iraqi conflict, Mr Putin emphasised the possible humanitarian consequences of military action. The Russian President again spoke for a peaceful settlement of the conflict and stressed the need to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe in the region.
On his initiative, Mr Putin mentioned statements by the US Department of State about Russian military supplies to Iraq in violation of the UN sanctions. Mr Putin said that Russia, which was mindful of such concerns, had more than once proved that there were no such supplies. The President also noted that those public statements were baseless and they only could harm Russian-American relations. Moreover, the American party had been asked similar questions to which it has not yet answered. Russia takes UN sanctions and international law seriously and abides by them, Mr Putin said.
The two leaders also discussed current issues of bilateral relations.