President Barack Obama will hold a rare in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York amid a new flare-up of tensions over Russia’s moves in Syria. The meeting would be the first face-to-face discussion between the two in more than a year. U.S.-Russian relations have been in a deep freeze since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. The situation in Ukraine will be at top of the agenda for the meeting, according to an official.
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