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Putin: US-Russia positions on Syria don't coincide

Posted: June 17, 2013 1:33 p.m.
Updated: June 17, 2013 1:33 p.m.

From right, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, US President Barack Obama and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy participate in a media conference regarding EU-US trade at the G-8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on Monday, June 17, 2013.

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) has told President Barack Obama that their positions on Syria do not coincide but both leaders agree on the need to push for negotiations in Syria's two-year-old civil war.

Obama concedes that they have a "different perspective" on Syria but they have a shared interest in stopping the violence and securing chemical weapons in the country.

Obama met with Putin at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland to discuss the fierce fighting in Syria.

While Putin has called for negotiated peace talks, he has not called for Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) to leave power, and he remains one of Assad's strongest political and military allies.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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