Obama and Putin meet briefly in Beijing

US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia President Vladimir Putin (2nd from R) take their positions for the APEC family photo in Beijing on November 10, 2014US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met briefly Monday in Beijing on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit, a senior US official said. The encounter between the two at an APEC summit in Beijing comes amid reports of armoured columns heading toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday as fears grow of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region. US-Russia relations are at their lowest since the Cold War, with Russia under US-backed Western sanctions over its seizure of the Crimea this year and its role in the separatist war in eastern Ukraine.

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