Scottish Daily Mail

Coun­cil of war: Now Obama and Putin MUST work to­gether

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BARACK Obama and Vladimir Putin sur­prised ob­servers when they held in­for­mal talks on the war in Syria dur­ing the lunch break at yes­ter­day’s G20 sum­mit. The Amer­i­can and Rus­sian pres­i­dents, pic­tured, were joined at their 35minute meet­ing by Mr Obama’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Susan Rice and a trans­la­tor.

Of­fi­cials said Mr Obama and Mr Putin had

agreed on the need for a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion in Syria, and the at­tacks in Paris had made it more ur­gent. The White House de­scribed the talks as ‘con­struc­tive’. How­ever, dif­fer­ences re­main over the fate of Syr­ian dic­ta­tor Bashar al-As­sad. The US be­lieves he should play no part in a set­tle­ment, while Rus­sia says a peace­ful tran­si­tion is im­pos­si­ble with­out him.

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