A new Obama-Putin meeting at the G20 summit, excluded

    theguardian.com

    Obama’s counselor: „I do not expect” a new meeting

    theguardian.com

    On Thursday, the White House announced that they do not foresee a new meeting between Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit which will take place over the weekend in Brisbane, Australia.

    „I do not expect” a new meeting, declared Ben Rhodes, Obama’s counselor, during a press conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital, which is hosting the ASEAN Summit at which the US President is participating.

    Asked about the nature of the discussions that the two leaders had on Tuesday in Beijing, at the APEC Summit, Rhodes recalled “short, direct” discussions, in which Obama stressed “the importance of respecting the agreements in Minsk”.

    During a telephone call on Wednesday, Russian and American heads of diplomacy Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry urged to reach an agreement as soon as possible in the Iranian nuclear file.

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