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Putin: US, Russia Positions On Syria Do Not ‘Coincide’ (You might know him as Pootin)

Putin US, Russia positions on Syria do not ‘coincide’

At the G8 summit, Russian President Vladimir said his and President Barack Obama’s positions on Syria do not “coincide.” However, Putin and Obama said they both have a shared interest in stopping the violence in Syria and pushing for negotiations in Geneva.

While Putin has called for negotiated peace talks, he has not urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power, and he remains one of Assad’s strongest political and military allies. The White House did not expect any breakthrough with Putin on Syria during the gathering of the Group of Eight Summit and the meeting further highlighted the rift between the two countries on how to address the fighting in Syria.

Obama announced Friday that the U.S. would start sending weaponry, while Britain and France remained concerned that the firepower might end up helping anti-democratic extremists linked to Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia. Putin has defended Russia’s continuing supply of weapons to Assad’s military.

Putin and Obama are at the G8 summit in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.

Photo: President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Monday. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (Evan Vucci / AP)

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