Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he had a “very good” conversation over the phone with President Trump, and that his U.S. counterpart agreed to a proposal to establish Syrian safe zones to protect civilians in the war-torn country.
Bloomberg reported that Putin made the remarks after he had a conversation with the Turkish leader Recep Erdogan in Sochi. The plan reportedly calls for four buffer zones and the areas would be patrolled by troops from Russia, Turkey and Iran.
The report pointed out that the White House released a statement saying there was a discussion about these safe zones, but it did not confirm Putin’s memory of the conversation.
“We spoke about this with Mr. Trump,” Putin said. “As far as I understood, the American administration supports these ideas.”
Trump, in the past, has called for the creation of these so-called safe zones.
Putin’s remarks come at a precarious moment in the relationship …