PARIS—President Barack Obama fulfilled Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an worldwide climate summit in Paris, and the discussion amongst the two rapidly turned to the disaster in and all around Syria, U.S. and Russian officials mentioned.
White Residence and Kremlin officers mentioned Mr. Obama in the assembly expressed regret about Turkey’s lethal shootdown previous week of a Russian jet fighter, an incident that has ratcheted up tensions and spurred Moscow to unleash a wave of sanctions in opposition to Turkey.
Mr. Obama, who formerly has publicly defended Turkey’s correct to safeguard its territory, urged that Moscow and Ankara move to de-escalate tensions. The Russian plane was flying together the Turkish-Syrian border at the time of the aircraft was shot down.
Mr. Obama in the assembly emphasized the relevance of focusing armed forces attempts in opposition to the extremist group Islamic Condition rather than the average opposition. Mr. Obama repeated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have to depart energy as component of a political resolution to the civil war in Syria, the White Home official said.
Russia’s help of Mr. Assad and its navy method in Syria have been cited by U.S. officers and their allies as a stumbling block to attempts to assemble a broad coalition of globe powers to battle Islamic Condition extremists.
A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, explained the two leaders fulfilled for about a fifty percent an hour on the sidelines of the summit.
The two leaders spoke in favor of transferring toward a political settlement in Syria, Mr. Peskov explained. He also said they reviewed progress on the peace agreement outlined to finish the conflict in east Ukraine.
Neither the White House nor Kremlin assertion indicated whether there was any development toward resolving divisions above Mr. Assad or the rival bombing strategies under way.