Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Monday spoke over the phone with his French counterpart Jacques Chirac to discuss the Middle East and other issues, the Kremlin said.
"The heads of states exchanged opinions on acute global policy issues, including the situation in the Middle East," the Kremlin said in a statement in a statement. It didn't elaborate.
The conversation comes as key United Nations Security Council members are deliberating a draft European resolution co-sponsored by France that would impose sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program. Russia and and China, both veto-wielding Security Council members with strong commercial ties to Tehran, have consistently been reluctant to support sanctions.