Time: 8:55 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit beginning of the formal session. The discussion lasted about four minutes and the White House described it as “brief and informal,” Juliet Elperin writes for the Washington Post of Lima, Peru. This was the first talk of both presidents after they briefly met at G-20 meeting in September.
Reuters publishes that 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,” a White House official said. As Reuters adds about short meeting, Obama emphasized the need for their two countries foreign ministers “to continue pursuing initiatives, together with the broader international community, to diminish the violence and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Syrian government, as BBC.com reports rejected a United Nations’ proposal to end heavy fighting in the city of Aleppo. Foreign minister Walid al-Muallem, who met the U.N. envoy to Syria on Sunday, said the idea is a violation of “national sovereignty.” On Sunday, as BBC.com says, citing the state media, eight children died in government-held western Aleppo, after rebels hit a school.