Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on agriculture while visiting farms in Rostov region, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman about finding a solution to the Syria crisis on Saturday, just two days before he is due to address the U.N. on the issue, the Kremlin said.A decades-long backer of the Damascus regime, Moscow has steadfastly supported President Bashar Assad throughout four-and-a-half years of war which have killed more than 240,000 people.Saudi Arabia is part of a U.S.-led coalition that began an air campaign against ISIS in Syria last September, and insists it will never cooperate with the Assad regime. On Monday, Putin will address the General Assembly in New York to outline his plan for Syria, notably the idea of expanding a coalition, which would include Assad's army, to fight ISIS.
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