Both leaders are ideological opposites.
by Stephen Lendman
Since reelected in March, Putin and Obama met for the first time on Monday at the Los Cabos, Mexico G20 meeting.
Discussions focused on major geopolitical and economic issues. Differences on Syria remain unresolved.
At a joint press conference, Putin said:
"We held talks about international problems including the Syrian crisis."
"(W)e will continue our contacts on all issues."
"We have agreed on the necessity of reaching a halt for violence in Syria and the need for running a political process to avoid a civil war."
A lengthy White House -released joint statement covered many issues. On Syria, it said:
"We agree to cooperate bilaterally and multilaterally to solve regional conflicts."
"In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria, we call for an immediate cessation of all violence and express full support for the efforts of UN/League of Arab States Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, including moving forward on political transition to a democratic, pluralistic political system that would be implemented by the Syrians themselves in the framework of Syria's sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity."
"We are united in the belief that the Syrian people should have the opportunity to independently and democratically choose their own future."
Additional language called for achieving a comprehensive Middle East peace. Putin and other leaders want nothing less. Obama itches for more war. Talking peace and stoking conflicts reveal America's transparent hypocrisy.