Majority at G20 reject military strikes against Syria: Putin
ST PETERSBURG (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said he held talks on Syria with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit but confirmed the meeting did not end their differences on the conflict.
"We spoke sitting down... it was a constructive, meaningful, cordial conversation. Each of us kept with our own opinion," Mr Putin told reporters, saying the meeting lasted 20 to 30 minutes.
"There is dialogue, we hear each other and understand the arguments," he said. "He (Obama) disagrees with my arguments, I disagree with his arguments, but we do hear, and we try to analyse," he said.
His chief foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov also confirmed that the "contradictions remained" after the talks.