Obama and Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House official

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the COP21 conference.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) meets with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the COP21 conference.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS)- United States President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris on Monday (Nov 30) and discussed the Syrian crisis as well as the situation in Ukraine, a White House official said.

Obama told Putin he believes Syrian President Bashar al- Assad must leave power as part of a political transition, the official said.

He also emphasised a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, adding that sanctions against Russia can be rolled back when Moscow honors the Minsk accord, according to the White House official, who spoke on background.