Putin, Obama to meet as Syria diplomatic drive quickens

US President Barack Obama walks to a group photo session with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit at Yanqi Lake, China, November 11, 2014US President Barack Obama accepted an invitation to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, as a drive to revive efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict kicked into higher gear. The announcement that Putin and Obama will hold talks at the United Nations in New York on Monday came as the Russian leader insisted supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was the only way to end the country’s war. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, meanwhile, said Moscow and Washington could find ways to cooperate in the crisis, amid an apparent shift on Assad’s potential role in any deal to end the four-year war that has killed 250,000 people.

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