- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2016

President Obama on Sunday held his last meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a four-minute-long chat that seemed to resolve none of their well-known differences.

During an unscheduled encounter at an international summit in Lima, Peru, Mr. Obama spoke to Mr. Putin about the need for the Washington and Moscow to work together “to diminish the violence and alleviate the suffering” in Syria’s long-running civil war, the White House said.

The Russian military backs the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the U.S. supports rebels with non-lethal military aid.

The White House noted that the “informal” meeting between the two leaders lasted all of four minutes, and that they also discussed Russia’s continued military aggression in Ukraine.

“Beyond pleasantries, the president urged President Putin to uphold Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, underscoring the U.S. and our partners’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the White House said.

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