Obama and Putin meet on Syria, remain divided on Assad's fate

US President Barack Obama and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands ahead of a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New YorkRussian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama met on the crisis in Syria but failed to resolve their dispute over the future role of Bashar al-Assad. In dueling speeches before the UN General Assembly, Obama branded the Syrian leader a child-killing tyrant while Putin said the world should support Assad against the Islamic State group. The Russian leader urged UN General Assembly members to unite to fight the jihadist group and warned that he plans to step up support for Assad’s forces and has not ruled out air strikes.

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