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China: Obama cites 'productive conversations' with Putin over Syria01:55

China: Obama cites 'productive conversations' with Putin over Syria

China, Hangzhou
September 5, 2016 at 13:06 GMT -00:00 · Published

US President Barack Obama said he had held “productive conversations” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, when they had met on the sidelines of this year's G20 summit in Hangzhou, Monday.

The two leaders were discussing a cessation of hostilities in Syria, so they could concentrate on “common enemies, like ISIL and Nusra," Obama stated. However according to the US president, “gaps of trust” between Russia and the United States needed to be overcome in order to make real progress during negotiations.

Putin and Obama also addressed the situation in Ukraine during their meeting. Obama reiterated that sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until the Minsk agreement has been implemented. He added that President Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande all agreed that an effort to finalise an agreement “should increase in urgency over the next several weeks”.

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US President Barack Obama said he had held “productive conversations” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, when they had met on the sidelines of this year's G20 summit in Hangzhou, Monday.

The two leaders were discussing a cessation of hostilities in Syria, so they could concentrate on “common enemies, like ISIL and Nusra," Obama stated. However according to the US president, “gaps of trust” between Russia and the United States needed to be overcome in order to make real progress during negotiations.

Putin and Obama also addressed the situation in Ukraine during their meeting. Obama reiterated that sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until the Minsk agreement has been implemented. He added that President Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande all agreed that an effort to finalise an agreement “should increase in urgency over the next several weeks”.

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