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Obama, Putin in Last Meeting

Obama, Putin in Last MeetingObama, Putin in Last Meeting

US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin spoke for about four minutes on Sunday at the APEC summit about Syria and Ukraine, in what is likely to be their last in-person meeting before Obama leaves office.

The two men met at the start of the summit meeting in Lima, Peru's capital. They exchanged pleasantries and remained standing as they spoke, Reuters reported.

Obama later said at a news conference he told Putin the US is deeply concerned about bloodshed and chaos in Syria "sown by constant bombing attacks" by the Syrian and Russian militaries, and that a ceasefire and political transition were needed.

"As usual, I was candid and courteous but very clear about the strong differences we have on policy," Obama said.

Putin said at a separate news conference he thanked Obama during Sunday's meeting in Lima "for the years of joint work".

"I told him that we would be happy to see him (Obama) in Russia anytime if he wants, can and has desire," Putin said.

Obama and Putin have had a challenging relationship. The US president said last week he had warned Putin about consequences for cyber attacks attributed to Moscow that were seen as trying to influence the US election.

Obama said he also urged President Putin to help implement the Minsk peace agreement by working with France, Germany, Ukraine and the United States to halt the conflict in Donbass region of Ukraine.

 

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