President Obama, Vladimir Putin meet briefly during global climate talks
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to decrease tensions with Turkey, as the U.S. and Russian leaders met briefly on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris.
During the 30-minute sit-down, Obama expressed regret over Turkey’s shoot-down of a Russian plane that Turkey said had entered its airspace from Syria, said Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He said the two leaders discussed Syria in detail, and they both spoke in favor of moving toward the launch of a political settlement to Syria’s civil war.
Russia and the U.S. are both involved in a new diplomatic effort in Vienna to bring about a ceasefire, potentially within weeks.
A photo of President Obama and Putin meeting outside of Paris sparked some interesting captions on social media:
These pictures of Obama & Putin. Yikes. pic.twitter.com/vWfInmgZsC
— Mary #FlyTheW (@mchastain81) November 30, 2015
@mchastain81 Obama looks like he knows he can take him.
— Steven 'Mask Of The Red Health' Savage (@StevenSavage) November 30, 2015
The White House said that Obama told Putin that Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power as part of that transition, a long-held U.S. position that remains at odds with Russia’s support for Assad. Obama also called on Russia to focus its airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State militants, not rebels fighting Assad, the White House said.
The two leaders also discussed implementing a ceasefire in Ukraine.
Isachenkov reported from Moscow.
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