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Poker-faced meeting: Putin, Obama avoid pushing sore points


Presidents Putin and Obama seem to have found some common ground on Syria and have pledged to continue dialog on the controversial European missile shield, but despite the optimistic rhetoric many issues between the two states remain unresolved.

­After spending two hours behind closed doors on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting, the presidents stated that they had “agreed” that they need to see a “cessation of the violence,” in Syria and that a “political process has to be created to prevent civil war.” There was no mention of any tougher sanctions on Syria or a reiteration of demands that Bashar al-Assad should step down.

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