The US and Russian presidents have agreed that deadly conflict in Syrian must end but they have failed to set out a plan on how to stem the violence.
Speaking after a week of Cold War style recriminations, Vladimir Putin said he and Barack Obama found many “common points” during their talks at the G20 summit. However there was no concrete sign of a narrowing of differences over tougher sanctions.
“We agree that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war and the horrific deaths we’ve seen over the last several weeks,” a stony-faced Obama told reporters.
The suspension of the U.N. monitoring mission in Syria over the weekend has added to pressure on Obama and Putin to act decisively to keep the conflict from spiraling into civil war.