G20 Summit: Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine

10:17 Sep. 5, 2016

Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sept. 5, 2016 (AP photo)

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China

UPDATE: President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to keep up negotiations over a cease-fire agreement for Syria. That's according to a senior Obama administration official who would not be named discussing the private talks.

US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed Syria and Ukraine when they met on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in China on Monday.

White House spokesman said more details about the meeting will be released later in the day. The meeting took place in private. 

The Russian TASS news agency quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying the talks lasted longer than planned, and that leaders spent the bulk of their meeting discussing Syria.

Read also Putin offering Obama deal on Ukraine - Times

Earlier on September 5, top US and Russian diplomats failed to reach an agreement to end the violence in Syria's civil war.

Another key topic that the two presidents have discussed is Ukraine. The United States has been concerned about growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the escalation of fighting in Donbas.

Based on reporting by AP 


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