Putin, Obama hold brief meeting on D-Day sidelines

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) arrives for a group photo past US President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth at the D-Day 70th Anniversary ceremonies at Chateau de Benouville in Benouville, France, June 6, 2014Bénouville (France) (AFP) – Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin held informal talks Friday, diplomatic sources said, amid the worst crisis in ties between the United States and Russia in decades over the unrest in Ukraine. The pair exchanged brief comments while waiting to head into a lunch for world leaders held to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a French source said. Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor, said the meeting at Chateau Benouville lasted 10 to 15 minutes. “President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leaders’ lunch.

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