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Putin, Obama have brief meeting on D-Day sidelines

Published on Jun 6, 2014 9:44 PM

BENOUVILLE, France (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held informal talks on Friday, diplomatic sources said, amid the worst crisis in ties between the United States and Russia in decades over the unrest in Ukraine.

The pair exchanged brief comments while waiting to head into a lunch for world leaders held to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a French source said.

Mr Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security adviser, said the meeting at Chateau Benouville lasted 10 to 15 minutes. "President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leaders' lunch. It was an informal conversation - not a formal bilateral meeting," Mr Rhodes said.

It was their first meeting since the start of Ukraine crisis and first face-to-face encounter since the G20 summit in St Petersburg last year.

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