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G20: Putin can't avoid Syria in closing speech


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G20: Putin can't avoid Syria in closing speech

Delivering his closing address as leader of the G20 summit’s host nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin was keen to focus on the economic decisions made by its delegates.

Along with closing in on large companies avoiding tax, job creation and debt reduction were key points in his speech.

President Putin confirmed he held talks with US President Barack Obama over Syria on Thursday night, but neither party was prepared to alter their view on how to resolve the conflict. He called the talks “informative, constructive and amicable.
We listened to each other and understood each other’s position, but we don’t agree. He doesn’t agree with my arguments, and I don’t agree with his, but at least we heard each other and tried to analyse things”

Although the emphasis of President Putin’s speech was firmly on economic matters, he was unable to avoid the dark cloud of Syria overshadowing which has overshadowed the talks throughout.

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Obama’s full speech at G20 closing press conference

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