Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday discussed the ongoing situation in Libya with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and issues pertaining to US-Russia relationship.

According to a White House statement, the US President conveyed his appreciation for Russia’s support on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and subsequent positive statements that Medvedev issued regarding the resolutions’ mandate.

They are likely to meet in Deauville, France on the sidelines of G-8 Summit at the end of May. 

"The two Presidents discussed developments in the Middle East at length, with a particular focus on Libya," the White House said.

Russia’s progress towards becoming part of World Trade Organisation this year also came up during their discussion.     

"President Obama gave his support for Russia's accession into the WTO this year and also affirmed his commitment to work with the US Congress to terminate the application of Jackson-Vanik to Russia and establish Permanent Normalised Trade Relations with Russia," according to the statement.

The Jackson-Vanik amendment is a provision in US federal law, adopted in 1974, intended to pressure the erstwhile Soviet Union to allow emigration.

(Agencies)