Obama to seek support for strike on Syria at G-20 gathering
WASHINGTON (AP) - United States President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured US Congress.
The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the President's three-day overseas trip, which includes a global summit in Russia and a stop in Sweden. So will Mr Obama's tense relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the world leader who is hosting the Group of 20 gathering and has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.
"It's been like watching a slow-moving train wreck for nearly two years," Russia expert Andrew Kuchins at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies said of the Obama-Putin relationship. "Mr Putin and Mr Obama don't like each other at all. I think there's a deep degree of disrespect."
That's not Mr Obama's only headache as he embarks on the long-planned trip.