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Putin, Cameron attends judo competitions as spectators

August 02, 2012, 19:54 UTC+3

The conversation dwelt much on the situation in Syria

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LONDON, August 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russian judo player Tagir Khaibulayev entered the final in the under 100 kilograms weight division after beating his German rival Dimitri Peters in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. Khaibulayev will meet Mongolian judoist Tuvshinbayar Naidan in the final.

Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron told journalists that they had headed for the judo competitions immediately after their talks on Downing Street. The conversation dwelt much on the situation in Syria.

Putin told reporters after meeting the British prime minister that Russia and Britain shared common ground on the assessment of some areas over Syria.

“We take notice of the fact that we hold identical views on some things and we agreed to continue working to find a viable solution,” Putin went on to say.

“There have been some differences in the positions that we have taken over the Syrian conflict,” Cameron said for his part.

“We both want to see an end to that conflict and a stable Syria and we will discuss with our foreign ministers how to take this agenda forward,” he said.

This is Putin’s first working visit to Britain since 2005 when he attended the G-8 summit in Scotland and took part in the Russia-EU summit in London in autumn the same year. Earlier, in 2003, Putin paid a state visit to Britain. He didn’t visit the United Kingdom in his capacity as prime minister.





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