Telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama 2014-01-21 21:30:00 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Barack Obama on the American side’s initiative. The two presidents had a substantive discussion concerning the international conference on Syria, opening on January 22 in Montreux. In addition, Mr Putin and Mr Obama touched on several other current issues, including the implementation of the agreements reached in November 2013 on settling the Iranian nuclear problem. The two leaders exchanged views on further developing Russian-US relations with a focus on trade and economic cooperation. The conversation was business-minded and constructive in nature.