Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his U.S. colleague Barack Obama Monday in Paris on the sidelines of the global climate summit, where they talked about Syria and the political standoff between Moscow and Ankara, according to the White House and the Kremlin.
Obama urged Putin to decrease tensions with Turkey following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkish forces. According to the White House statement on the meeting, Obama expressed regret over the death of the Russian pilot who was one of the crew members on board the plane.
The Kremlin said both Obama and Putin agreed on the urgency for a political resolution in Syria during their 30-minute meeting. The two leaders also discussed implementing a cease-fire in Ukraine.
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The two leaders have also met last month on the sidelines during the G20 summit that took place in Turkey and discussed the situation in Syria and efforts against the Islamic State group.
Paris is currently hosting the 21st U.N. Climate Change Conference, ending Dec. 11. Some 147 world leaders, including Putin and Obama, are expected to reach an agreement to address global warming and cut carbon emissions.
Putin has already addressed the conference asserting that Russia’s efforts have been able to slow global warming in one year and will lower greenhouse gas emissions to 70 percent from the 1990 levels.
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