President Obama and Putin Without Agreement on Syria

Time: 9:43 p.m. CEST

“Gaps of trust” as obstacles for truce deal in Syria.

President Barack Obama explained that, “Gaps of trust” lay down between the United States and Russia on the way to reach a peace deal in Syria, the USA Today published on September 5. “We haven’t yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work,” Obama said after hour-and-a-half meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama said the two leaders failed to reach further agreements on the cease-fire in the five-year-old Syrian conflict. “We haven’t yet closed the gaps in a way where we think it would actually work,” Obama stated.

As Reuters reported, Putin said to the journalists, “there was a convergence of views between Russia and the United States. He said it was premature to give details about the terms of an agreement, but that the two nations would strengthen cooperation on fighting terrorism.” Obama also pledged believe in overcoming of the differences with Russia on Syria and moving further against common enemy, Islamic State group. After not reaching an agreement, further focus related to finding solution to the conflict will be on the meetings of Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russia’s counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The situation in Syria over the weekend and on Monday complicated the truce talks as Syrian government forces attacked the rebel-held eastern side of Aleppo. Another six blasts on Monday, as Reuters writes, “hit west of Damascus and the government-held cities of Homs and Tartous, as well as the Kurdish-controlled northeastern province of Hasaka, state media and a monitoring group said.” Amaq agency, affiliated with Islamic State group carried out the attacks.


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