On the same day, another two permanent members of the UN Security Council, the US and Russia, conferred on Iraq, as President Bush and President Putin spoke by telephone. The Kremlin said that Putin had stressed the importance of the weapons inspections process and of acting through the UN, but that the two had pledged to work closely together. On 3 February, following a meeting with Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, Putin said that he did not yet see any need for a new UN resolution, but that Moscow would consider supporting one if the inspectors reported lack of co-operation.