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  • RETRANSMITTING FOR IMPROVE QUALITY France's President Francois Hollande, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands prior their talks in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Hollande said Thursday that he hopes to discuss political transition in war-torn Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose stance on Syria is crucial to hopes for a peace settlement. Speaking ahead of this meeting with Putin at the Kremlin on Thursday afternoon, Hollande told the Ekho Moskvy radio station that Putin's position on Syria can determine how soon peace will come to Syria. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)View PhotoRETRANSMITTING FOR IMPROVE QUALITY …

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday thatRussia should listen to some of the French arguments about Syria — over a bottle of vodka, not merely wine.

Putin made the comment after talks in Moscow with French President Francois Hollande, whom Putin said made some new proposals on dealing with the nearly 2-year-old conflict in the Arab state.

The Russian leader did not offer any details on the French ideas or elaborate which of them Moscow should heed, but his remarks were unusually conciliatory for a man who has spent most of the past two years criticizing the West’s stance on Syria’s civil war…

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