Narrowing rift, US and Russia entertain cooperation in Syria

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, left, speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, right prior to the opening session of the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. For President Vladimir Putin, the terror attacks in Paris marked a watershed moment in relations with the West. This week’s summit in Turkey made it clear that the U.S. and its allies have warmed to the idea of closer ties with Russia, whose help they need to confront the challenge of the Islamic State group. (SPUTNIK, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, file)MOSCOW (AP) — In a striking shift, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are embarking on a tentative path toward closer ties and possible military cooperation, as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to common cause against the Islamic State group.

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