Kremlin: Putin to Meet Obama on Monday

ABC News

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama will meet on Monday in New York — their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year amid strongly troubled relations between Russian and the U.S., but one in which the leaders have different priorities.

Putin wants to focus on the Syria crisis, where Russia is taking an increasingly assertive posture, while Obama’s top issue is the conflict in Ukraine.

The announcement of the meeting was made Thursday by the Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, and confirmed by the White House.

Putin is speaking Monday at the U.N. General Assembly. Peskov said the meeting with Obama, expected to last about an hour, will take place afterward and will focus on the Syria crisis.

The conflict in Ukraine, the crux of Moscow-Washington tensions, could also be discussed, but only if time allows, Peskov said.

But White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Ukraine will be “the top item” for Obama.

Read More

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s