The White House said the conversation lasted four minutes. AFP / Brendan Smialowski
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President Barack Obama spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria and Ukraine Sunday as an economic summit got underway in Peru, in their first-known conversation since Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president.The White House said Obama also called for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to keep working in initiatives with other countries to lower violence in Syria and alleviate suffering.Under Obama, the U.S. has enacted severe sanctions on Russia over its aggressive behavior in Ukraine and has sought unsuccessfully to persuade Moscow to stop intervening in Syria's civil war to help prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad.Trump's election overshadowed every stop on Obama's trip.
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