Obama Gives Putin His Best Death Stare: Tense Moment The World’s Two Most Powerful Men Squared Up At The G20 Summit In China
Obama Gives Putin His Best Death Stare: Tense Moment The World’s Two Most Powerful Men Squared Up At The G20 Summit In China.
Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have met for ‘pull-aside’ meetings at the G20 summit in China but failed to agree on a solution to the Syrian civil war.
Washington and Moscow support opposing sides in the bloody five-year conflict, which has left 300,000 people dead and forced millions to flee.
The two leaders discussed Syria at closed multilateral meetings but could not reach a deal to ease fighting in the war-torn region.
But in their last face-to-face meeting before Obama leaves office in January next year, they agreed to keep up negotiations over a cease-fire agreement.
It comes as Syrian government troops – backed by Russia – resumed their siege of the city of Aleppo.
A deal to provide aid to Aleppo’s ravaged civilians and at least partially stop Russian and Syrian bombardments had looked likely on Sunday, before talks collapsed.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov had been trying to broker a deal for weeks that would curb the violence between Assad’s government forces and rebel forces backed by the US.
The agreement hinged on the two sides agreeing to closer militarily coordination against extremist groups operating in Syria.
But Obama expressed skepticism that Russia would hold to its agreement and talks were overtaken by developments on the ground.e Photos;
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