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Obama and Putin: We Agree That The Syrian War Must End (But Not Much Else)
- 08/10/2013 11:23 AM EDT Politics
Both leaders, who've not agreed on anything much at all, took pains to point to point to their policy overlaps. Putin and Obama said their preferred method of ending the war in Syria would be through diplomatic means, and that both are aiming to facilitate talks in Geneva.
After holding two hours of (reportedly tense) closed-door talks, Obama sat with Putin and said this to the press:
"We do have differing perspectives on the problem, but we share an interest in securing chemical weapons, ensuring that they're [not] used. We want to try to resolve the issues through political means if possible."
Putin has been criticized by leaders in the West for his continued support of the Assad regime, and its role in the Syrian Civil War that has left nearly 100,000 dead.