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Obama May Discuss Syria With Putin at G20

September 3, 2013
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Russian President Vladimir Putin (file photo)

US President Barack Obama will have a chance to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria during the upcoming G20 summit in Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

The United States and Russia already are cooperating in many ways on resolving the conflict in Syria, Kerry said, pointing to joint US-Russian efforts to bring the sides to the negotiating table. The Russians are "serious about finding a way forward" and "are cooperating," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"We have to deal with this thoughtfully and let's hope that at the summit (they) might have some change of heart" when Obama presents information about the situation in Syria to Putin, he said.

Obama is due to leave later Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit, which Putin is hosting in St Petersburg. The White House canceled a one-on-one meeting between Obama and Putin over escalating tensions, but the two leaders will spend time together at broader summit meetings.

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Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur ??? Engl 2013

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