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Putin says he thinks there is understanding with Obama on political settlement in Syria

November 30, 2015, 22:02 UTC+3
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama held a meeting on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference that lasted for around 30 minutes
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PARIS, November 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that there is understanding between him and US President Barack Obama on future political settlement in Syria.

"In general, I think, there is understanding in what direction we should move [on Syria]," Putin told journalists after his visit to Paris. "If we are talking about the necessity of political settlement, then the new constitution is needed [in Syria], along with new election and monitoring the results," the Russian president noted.

According to Putin, the world leaders generally hold similar views on the Syrian settlement problem.

The Russian president met the presidents of Peru and the United States; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; the European Commission president; the president of South Korea and Israeli prime minister on the conference’s sidelines.

"We talked about thorny contemporary issues; the Syrian problem and ways of its settlement in the first place. It seems to me the discussion took place on one wave. We are searching for a platform, which will serve as ground for our further actions. Hopefully, our foreign ministers will manage to find common points at their next meeting in Vienna. There are all preconditions for it," Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama held a meeting on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference that lasted for around 30 minutes.

The meeting, which was held behind the closed doors, had not been planned or discussed beforehand. The presidents used the opportunity of attending the international conference to speak about topical issues in the bilateral format. The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria and Ukraine.

Last time, the two leaders met at the G20 summit in Turkey’s Antalya two weeks ago where they had two meetings and one of them lasted for around 20 minutes.

Earlier, the Russian and US presidents had long talks in New York in late September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s anniversary session.

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