Russian President Vladimir Putin says he still doesn’t see eye to eye with the United States on Syria.
But “all of us have the intention to stop the violence in Syria … and to solve this situation peacefully,” Putin said Monday after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Group of Eight Summit in Northern Ireland.
Putin said he and Obama “agreed to push the parties to the negotiating table.” But the Russian president didn’t specify who could be involved in Syria talks, when they would take place or what their end goal would be.
The G8 summit comes days after the United States pledged to play a greater role in assisting Syrian rebels, citing evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against the rebels and his own people. The move was backed by seven of the eight nations represented at this week’s conference in Loch Erne, while Russia remains the sole G8 nation supporting al-Assad.
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